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O, The Oprah Magazine: Exactly what are we missing? And why does it matter?

Tara Brach: Say we're thinking about how to get skinnier. When we do that, we're on our way somewhere else; we're not experiencing life right here. In the moments that we're trying to make things different, we're not spontaneous, we're not accessing our creativity or intuition, and, most important—because living in our minds keeps us separate from each other—we can't really feel love. It's the difference between being locked in our heads and being awake in our bodies, which is what I call embodied presence. You can't achieve that if you're always on your way to the next thing.