Does Living in the Moment Demand That You Give up Your Future?

What about your goals and dreams?

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Paying attention to the not-now

It’s obvious that we need to think about the past. If I’ve made a mistake, I’ll never learn from it if I don’t think about what I’ll do differently next time. Is this not considered being present?

The wandering mind

How often do you find yourself lost in thought about your past, replaying an event over and over again? Or, maybe you imagine all the different ways the situation could have ended differently?

Being present is about being intentional

When we’re ruminating on the past or future we’re not actively engaged in the present. We’re mindlessly floating down our streams of consciousness, allowing the eddies and currents to pull us this way and that.

Mindfulness is the key

Pulling yourself out of your stream of consciousness is not easy. You have spent a lifetime developing the habit of getting lost in it. You have become so used to spinning and somersaulting down that stream that you no longer notice the discomfort. This is your norm.

Do you lose your future by living in the present?

By living in the moment, by being mindfully present, we don’t lose anything.

Following my curiosity and hoping it will lead me to wisdom. I write about science, meditation, and spirituality.

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