Living in the Moment: Try this! (2/5)
How do we stop worrying?
In particular, how do we stop worrying about tomorrow?
This is a complex issue. Our worry has many sources.
But focusing on the present moment, not thinking about the future, not thinking about tomorrow morning for example, is definitely not a good technique to use to stop yourself from worrying. (It is not a good “technique” to use because it is incomplete, and more than a little bit confused. We’ll return to this point later.)
Sure, focusing on the present moment can work for a time. Or rather, it can seem to work for a time. But those thoughts about the past and the future will arise no matter what you do – if not consciously, then unconsciously – if not in your waking life, then in your dreams.
If you’ve heard and believe that living in the present moment is the key to enlightenment, or at least the key to ending worry, then you may want to read the next posts.
It is in the next posts that I want to share with you something very special, something that I’ve learned about the relationship between living in the present moment and worrying.
But for now, I’ll leave you with this experiment:
Try to consciously not live in the present moment. Can you do it? (What does that even mean – ‘to consciously not live in the present moment’?)