The problem with this ego mind is that it cannot live in the present moment. It does not recognize presence. It can only cycle between memories and anticipation about future events. That is where is causes us problems. We have pleasant memories, but the painful ones are the ones that shape our lives and our decisions the most. We can hope for wonderful things in the future, yet worry horribly that they won’t come about.
This is where practices, such as yoga and meditations come in. People want to tame this torturous mind and they have found that such practices help with the erratic river of their thoughts. These disciplines help people rise above the maelstrom of mind activity.
If we engage in practices because we think we are going to get better in some future state, we are missing the mark. Practices such as watching our breath or spiritual dance are on point when we do them because we love doing them. Not because one day they are going to make us a better person, or we will be able to manifest everything we want in this physical life.