Many people who learn that I practice mindfulness ask me these questions:

Why should I try to “live in the moment?”

What’s wrong with mind wandering, planning the future or reminiscing the past?

How exactly “being present” is supposed to help me — especially if what’s happening in the present is dull/painful/unimportant?

That last question especially gives me a strong hint on how to answer. If you consider some parts of your life “unimportant,” then this is probably something to start with.

Between the mindset that considers certain moments “important” and others not, there is only a thin line separating it from an attitude which simply treats life as a means to an end — death.

Do you want to pass your life unconsciously while waiting for death — or do you opt for making the most out of every moment that you are given?
Do You Really Need to “Live in the Moment”? — by Marta Brzosko