To live in the moment – to be present – is great advice.
But there are also times when ignoring the moment is great.
Not thinking about the future or stressing. Imagining, philosophizing. Enjoying consciousness and the mind.
I have found that sometimes I want to think. I want to imagine different scenarios, different worlds, different perspectives. Or I think of life.
Other times, my mind tires, so I rest. I focus only on the task at hand.
Both are great.
Thinking challenges and strengthens the brain. It can be taxing sometimes yet very rewarding. And it can be invigorating.
And living in the present brings peace and contentment, and joy.
I believe that we need to both think and live; not just one or the other. When balanced I find there is a greater peace than if one only focuses on the present or always thinks.
We have consciousness and that’s a great think about humanity. But some of us think too much. So we are told to live in the present, but just living isn’t using or consciousness to its full ability.
So try both.