"To be or not to be: that is the question."
Or is it? By dictionary definition, to "be" simply means to exist or to live. Something that anyone reading this, is certainly doing.
When we have the sense that we're unable to "be", what is usually meant is that there is a recognition of inability to be in the moment, to "be here now." It's a sense of being cut off from the purity or core of existence.
In reality, we're never not being. It only can appear that way because we allow our attention to go to our thoughts, versus to the lived experience of any given moment.
Emphasis on thought creates what is, in effect, a "screen" that keeps out the present moment as our attention chases a past and future that isn't currently happening.
Is there anything to "do" about this? That depends on how you look at it. It's not really a doing. It's more like an undoing, a removing of the attention from thoughts constantly, persistently. Repeatedly. Until the prevailing habit is to be resting in the moment rather than chasing thoughts.
However, if we set out not to think, trying our best to be in the moment, this is not being, but rather the effort of doing. To want to be in the moment is to miss that the moment already is.
It's this very chasing of anything -- including the moment -- that makes this moment appear lacking or insufficient. It's, after all, just another thought that takes us away from here, wanting to be "over there," "in the moment." But it's never "there." It's always here.
Just a gal experimenting with what it means to live outside of mind.
Read more about Notes to Self, the "manual" on living beyond mind.