Biker Bar in Florida
Jan sent funny image to us. How things have changed!
"Making the most of today is the only way to change tomorrow.
One today is worth two tomorrows. - Benjamin Franklin"
I've been thinking about the importance (or practicality) of living in the moment, being present and aware of the now (actually, Carol got me thinking about it when she brought it up this morning). The first thing that came to my mind was that right now, this very second, we 'are' creating the future. We've already learned what we need to learn from the past (I'm sure our brains sort out each days happenings in our dreams each night), and since we're 'creating' the future, then I think it's important to keep our mind on the present, this very moment, the task at hand.
An important benefit of living in the present, is that when you do, then you don't have time to feel guilty about the past (or) to worry about the future - how can you, when you're completely focused on right now. It may be really difficult to change the way we think, but certainly worth the effort. I know I have way too many 'wasted' moments in my life, and would like to learn to get the most out of each and every one of them - to think more about what's happening now and less time thinking about what's over and done with, and about something that may never come to be.
... looked on line for techniques: "We live in the age of distraction. Yet one of life's sharpest paradoxes is that your brightest future hinges on your ability to pay attention to the present.
Life unfolds in the present. But so often, we let the present slip away, allowing time to rush past unobserved and unseized, and squandering the precious seconds of our lives as we worry about the future and ruminate about what's past. "We're living in a world that contributes in a major way to mental fragmentation, disintegration, distraction, decoherence... "
We need to live more in the moment. Living in the moment—also called mindfulness—is a state of active, open, intentional attention on the present
Everyone agrees it's important to live in the moment, but the problem is how.... When people are not in the moment, they're not there to know that they're not there. Overriding the distraction reflex and awakening to the present takes intentionality and practice." The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment: ... a few tricks
(Vipassanā : Buddhist tradition means insight into the nature of reality.)