For the last couple of weeks I have been discussing how we can use our connection to our past to help us live a happier life. This week I am going to begin an exploration into living in the now.
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an amazing experience and instead of just enjoying it you begin thinking about how you are going to tell someone else about it! Or even worse you are pre-occupied with something else so don’t notice what is happening to you. Sometimes we even find ourselves in a wonderful, peaceful moment only to get distracted by thoughts that are trivial and unimportant.
Is it healthy to spend your entire life living in the now?
Our species has the ability to think about the past and the future, has this given us an evolutionary advantage or has it just given us some great ways to experience stress?
Modern life certainly means planning for the future may be sensible. There are some people who get themselves into dreadful problems by living in the now. I know of people who have run up debts because they had not taken themselves into the future to consider the consequences.
I remember this happening to Joe and I many years ago when we went on our first expensive holiday. We had just started to get some financial success so we decided to go to Disney in Florida for our holidays. While there we lived in the moment, enjoyed many amazing things and connected with our inner children!
When we got back and opened our credit card bills we had a big shock! We never before or since have run up such a big bill. And it was all our own doing and we did enjoy every second however some of the “stuff” we felt we had to have in the moment lost its shine very quickly.
Other people make decisions that impact on relationships based on a momentary feeling in the now that has negative consequences in the future.
So before we plunge into the benefits of living in the now, and there are many of them. Take a moment to review important considerations and boundaries in your own life. What is important to you even when you are enjoying life to the full in the now?
Next week we get started with the positive benefits of the now, before we do that do let me know your thoughts on the ideas I’ve shared this week.