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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Toto'sDad, May 9, 2021.
So, we've got nothing real?
I though the Present is true... Porca miseria.
It is always Now...
Living in the moment. It's when you are emotionally and physically present in your body,taking in all that is in you and surrounding you. One is far more likely to recall these events. Rather than being outside of one's body, in some dissociative state, one can later recall the event clearly; I,e, the weather, the surroundings, the person or people one is with, etc.... It is too complicated to fully understand in a thread.
Due to latency in our sensory apparatus, we are always living in the immediate past. The moment we're living in has already gone.
Living only in the moment would be irresponsible.
It seems that you're being at least half-facetious , so I apologize in advance for providing a serious answer.
Your experience doesn't equal the experience of anyone else in this regard. Your ability to do this, or not, doesn't equate to anyone else's ability.
Living in the moment can be a meditative thing, or any of a thousand things that an individual can conceive. I've been working on it since I was a high school kid and realized how the present could take precedence over spinning my mental and emotional wheels about the past (things that don't exist any more) and the future (things that don't exist and might never).
My late wife was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and the next 1 1/2 years were spent living in the moment. I'd project manage at a hospital for 8-12 hours and come home to be a caregiver. The experience expanded my capabilities as a person, as it demanded more of me than I previously needed to provide. Life was managable only by living in the moment. What do I need to do, think, or feel in this moment? Do that. What do I need to do, think, or feel in this moment? Do that. Etc...
It's a skill and a learned one. Our brains are too random and have too much self-conversation buzzing away in our heads. That stuff occupies us too much to deal with the now in the simplest way.
Live in the moment. Live in the present. Be here, now.
I submit to you that just because you haven't experienced it doesn't mean it isn't a thing.
I also submit to you that nobody "thought it up." Just like nobody "thought up" ice-cream headaches, orgasms or bad moods. You can't get there by thinking - but god bless the people who recognized it for what it is and endeavored to share it with others.
The present does not exist, except as a notional line between future and past.
But neither of those exist either.
Well, you have to do now what is responsible for the future. But you can't do anything any time other than now.
There is a scientific definition of a moment, it's about 90 seconds. So anything you can do in 90s or less, you're living in the moment! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moment_(time)
Exactly how long does this mythical "moment" of yours last?
Is it longer or shorter than a second? A minute? An hour?
Living for the future causes anxiety, living in the past causes depression, live in the now.
Plan for the future, but don't live there. Learn from the past, but don't live there.
Today is what matters.
Even just one moment.
Live for today, but with the future in mind.
...or put a bit more crudely:
Life isn’t a bowl of cherries...it’s a bowl of jalapeños. What you do today could burn your butt tomorrow.
Well I do, in the moment. But then, I'm constantly thinking about the next moment. It's like fishing. I love the moment, but I'm constantly wondering when the damn fish will bite and I can go home.
I have been a time traveler all my life. But only forward.
Most of my graduating class still live in the past.
What if living for the future provides hope, and living in the past provides fond memories?
One's attitude is something within one's control- sometimes the only thing
One can willfully navigate oneself - if one so chooses
Where's my flying car?
You must learn from the past to understand the present so you are able to predict the future. Put that in the moment.