Your life's journey has an outer purpose and an inner purpose. The outer purpose is to arrive at your goal or destination, to accomplish what you set out to do, to achieve this and that, which, of course, implies future. But if your destination or the steps that you are going to take up so much of your attention that they become more important to you than the step you are taking now, then you completely misses the journey's inner purpose, which has got nothing to do with where you are going or what you are doing but everything to do with the how. It has got nothing to do with future but everything to do with the quality of your consciousness at this moment.
The outer purpose belongs to the horizontal dimensions of time and space; the inner purpose concerns a deepening of your Being in the vertical dimensions of the timeless Now. Your outer journey may consist of a million steps; your inner journey only has one: the step you are taking right now.
As you become more deeply aware of this one step, you realise that it contains within itself all the other steps as well as the destination, this one step then becomes transformed into an expression of perfection, an act of great beauty and quality. It will have taken you into Being, and the light of Being will shine through it.
This is both the purpose and fulfillment of your inner journey, the journey into yourself.'
- an excerpt from the esoteric The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle