"Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow." ~ Catherynne M. Valente
I began my 30 Days of Now experiment on July 15th. For thirty days I wanted to focus on living in the present moment without planning or worrying about the future.
"Why now?", many of you may ask. I was asking the same thing a few weeks ago, which is why I wanted to try the experiment. I wondered why the spiritual masters - Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh, Adyashanti, etc.. - stress the importance of living in the present moment to such an extent.
Two and a half weeks into my experiment I've had mixed results. When I'm able to focus and be present I feel really good and see the beauty in the world around me. I feel in touch and things seem to make sense. At other times my ego fights back and it can be rough. The ego is very time dependent. It is a collection of thoughts and beliefs collected over time and fights very hard to keep it's sense of identity. So far when I'm present life seems more clear and when I'm not I find I'm a bit more cynical and bitter than normal.
So back to the question, Why now? One of the insights that I've had so far is that living in the present moment doesn't equate to being irresponsible. I think that most of us think that we must constantly be planning for the future to be a responsible adult. Maybe it's just the opposite. When we are living in the past or worrying about the future then we dilute our mental energy and aren't able to concentrate our powers on the tasks and opportunities right in front of us in the present moment. When we are off somewhere else we don't give our loved ones and the people around us the attention that they deserve. I'm starting to believe that when we are mindful and living here and now then the future will be taken care of. We'll see. That's what this experiment is all about.
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Posted by Dan Garner