Sunday, June 26, 2011

The heart of effective living

All the great teachers from all the wisdom traditions teach this, really:

Present-moment living, getting in touch with your now, is at the heart of effective living. When you think about it, there really is no other moment you can live. Now is all there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives.

-- Wayne Dyer

No, this doesn't mean not to plan. We need to live in the moment - not necessarily for the moment. (There's a difference.) We can, however, be thoroughly in the moment while we're making sensible plans for the future - letting the planning be an act of responsibility and not an obsession.

1 comment:

  1. I really like your last point that planning for the future should not be an obsession. I just read a book called Curious, by Todd Kashdan, and he mentions a similar point. He has a chapter on anxiety and curiosity, which I enjoyed and led me to think that you might like it, too. (I'm sure it will be nothing new to you, but he has some nice metaphors and ways of explaining things!)


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