The Function of Mindfulness
Sometimes I have clients ask me if staying in the present moment means we won’t have any motivation to actually plan and accomplish anything. We will inevitably have thoughts of the past and future and there is nothing wrong with finding those thoughts enjoyable. Planning for a future is necessary unless you're a monk living in a cave. Having dates on the calendar, projects to complete and vacations to take is part of our life experience. Looking forward to things that we’re planning to do can be a source of happiness and enjoyment. If you’re going to take a vacation with your friends, it makes sense to put it on the calendar early and plan for it and derive whatever pleasure you can in the planning and looking forward to it. Where mindfulness comes in is in the moments in life where there is no reason to think about the future or the past, especially if it involves worry and regret.
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