Where does the mind disappear to, and why?

The idea of staying mindfully present seems so elegant and simple.  Why is it so difficult to do?  Borrowing metaphors from a recent talk by Mark Nunberg, instead of maintaining attention on what is being known in the moment, we get “lost in the whirlpools of the mind,” and our minds create narratives for experience,  “reacting to reverberations of kharma”.  This Sunday, Margaret drew from a talk by Matthew Brensilver to explore how our memories of the past and our ruminations about the future relate to our attempts to be fully in the present. 

You can listen to Matthew’s talk here: