Welcome to the Eternal Now

Uncertainty feels a whole lot like a scary time loop

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It seems that just about every self-help tenet emphasizes the pursuit of presence. “Value the moment,” say the Zen devotees. “Practice mindfulness,” our psychotherapists tell us from opposite the couch. “Play the role you find yourself in,” says Stoic philosophy, by way of Epictetus. Being fully engaged in the present, the wisdom…