It's hard to sit still in awareness when there are so many pleasant thoughts to think
It's hard to sit still in awareness when there are so many pleasant thoughts to think, or fires that need putting out, or work that needs doing. But when the work is done, and the fires are out, there are still wonderful thoughts to ponder: new ideas, new personal projects, remembrances of past projects done well, or a word well said.
But there is value in setting aside even pleasant thoughts, and just be-ing in the moment, being aware of where you are at this very second. You notice the room you are in, and how old you are, and you remember times in this room when you were younger. Or you notice the weather outside, the sounds of the room, the temperature; you might recall times in the past when you've felt as you do now, or the complete opposite. It's funny how we spend 95% of our time in the near future or near past, and very little in the present.