There’s a novel by Aldous Huxley called Island written in his later years when he became very interested in spiritual teachings. It tells the story of a man shipwrecked on a remote island cut off from the rest of the world. This island contains a unique civilisation. The unusual thing about it is that its inhabitants, unlike the rest of the world, are actually sane. The first thing that the man notices are the colourful parrots perched in the trees. And they seem to be constantly croaking the words “Attention. Here and now. Attention. Here and now.” We later learn that the islanders taught them these words in order to be reminded continuously to stay present.

Eckhart Tolle