Why Focusing on the Here and Now Could Save Your Life

Distraction. Living in the future. Living in the past.  The overwhelming majority of people suffer a massive reduction in happiness, focus, productivity and quality of life because they cannot maintain present- time consciousness.  I am a perfect example of this problem.  I am constantly looking ahead towards my goals and constantly looking behind in order to see how I have done previously.  Although thoughts of the future help to guide your actions, the only time we actually have control over is the “here and now.”  A great friend of mine told me, “Thoughts of the past create depression and thoughts of the future create anxiety.”  There is no wonder why these are the two most common mental health issues.  The good news is…all is not lost.  There are many great resources available to those individuals who choose to take a different path.  My favorite book on the subject of mindfulness is Eckhart Tolle’s, “The Power of Now.”  He has a great quote that I try to remind myself of daily.  He says, “Nothing has happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.”