Many sources suggest we should be ‘mindful of the present’, ‘living in the moment’ and ‘doing just what everything consciously aware of right now’. Whilst this advice is all very relevant, we can ask to what extent are we benefiting by swimming in the moment?
The question ‘To what extent are we benefiting by swimming in the moment?’ may appear to imply a criticism of being in harmony with this actual time. However, for the sake of understanding better our situation, it is worth considering.
With attention focused on the now, it is likely we are able to manage easily items previously having the power to distract us from our priorities. Furthermore, fears about tomorrow and concerns hanging around from yesterday have little impact on us as we go about embracing today.
In these instances, we are surely benefitting greatly by swimming in the moment and, if nothing else, we are able to ideally save ourselves from stress and upset by putting aside the past and the future. To what extent are we benefiting by swimming in the moment? “Significantly”, we may answer.
As with any exploration of our habits, we should keep in mind the opportunity cost of something as well as the corresponding cost of not doing it. Being clear about the gains and losses associated with our actions helps us in responding to the inquiry ‘To what extent are we benefiting by swimming in the moment?’
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