A contented life begins and ends right now. You can be aware that you’re thinking about the past or future, but you will never actually be there, and as long you’re thinking about it contentment will elude you.
When awareness of the present is in place, it allows what’s actually happening to be experienced. Being aware of Now as opposed to being pulled in by it or pushing it away and applying a label to what’s happening is what will dictate the amount of contentment there is in your life. Life is magical in its essence, but there’s nothing magical about being aware of this. A contented life begins and ends in the present moment and being aware of this provides what’s necessary to allow it.
Take a step, be aware, take another, be aware, this is an anchor as is the breath to the present. One can not be aware of the present in the past or future. You can be aware that you’re thinking about something in the past or future, but you can never actually be there. Every step you take or breath can only be taken as it’s happening right now. The more there is awareness of this, the more anchored one becomes of the body being in the present moment as opposed to grasping for the story of what’s going on between your ears. Be aware of the present as you read this and watch what arises. Just be with it, no pulling or pushing, just be aware of the reactions. It’s in this space of awareness that you will find contentment and this is because the present moment is the only place that exist.