“You cannot find yourself in the past or future. You can only find yourself in the Now.”
The Now is inseparable from who you are at the deepest level. Many things in your life matter—whether you succeed or fail, whether you are rich or poor, healthy or unhealthy. All these things matter, yet only one thing matters absolutely: that you will find peace, not in your circumstances, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.
When you don’t know who you are, you create a mind-made self and cling to that fearful and needy self. When you know who you truly are, there is a sense of peace. You could call it joy: vibrantly alive peace. This is the joy of being—of being who you truly are—to know yourself as the very essence of life itself, beyond anything that is mind-made.