I don’t know about you, but I’m very grateful for any reminder to just breathe, be present and to simply notice and appreciate the little things in life. When you think about it, what else is there? And, being present to what is as much as we can is not mutually exclusive with having hope and vision for the future or planning as necessary. The problem is that when we spend much more time in the past and the future than in the present, we aren't truly experiencing our lives. On the flip side, having a dependence on staying in the moment to avoid dealing with the icky stuff in our lives also creates problems. Like everything else, it's about finding the right balance.
If you need a bit of evidence about the benefits and power of staying present, try this little exercise:
Recall a few specific times in your life when you felt pure joy. Just think of moments in time. They can be recently, long ago or anywhere in-between. I predict that you'll find they were often, if not always, when you were completely present and aware right in that moment.
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