Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mindfulness vs. Time Management

Life is all about the power of present moment choices.  The first choice you need to make is to choose to live.  There is a big difference between living, really living your life vs. existing, merely existing.  Essentially going through the motions and punching the clock putting in your time in this life.

The Buddha taught that we need to appreciate this precious human life we are leading.  To truly appreciate it, we need to make the most of each moment we are give.  In any game, even the game of life, somehow we all know that to play it safe is to lose the game.

We should therefore, live in a constant state of urgency, but short of a state of panic.  We need to always stay in control and “never let them see you sweat” 

We must seize the power in each present moment, because our decisions in a handful of these key critical present moments will likely define our lives.  The interesting thing about these defining moments is that they rarely come at a convenient time and we run a great risk of missing them altogether because we are so wrapped up in our mundane lives we fail to recognize the significance of the moment.

Our schedules are so packed with the mundane and ordinary that we are irritated when we are interrupted with these potentially miraculous and extraordinary moments.  Are you ready to react at a moments notice?

When we talk about Perfect Deed or Action in the Buddhist sense, we are really recognizing that the most important activity that we engage in each day is making choices; making choices in each of our present moments.  Our lives become the cumulative result of all of our present moment choices.

Each individual moment is the context in which we live, our choices in the present moments chart our course and determine our destinations.  Our present moment choices either move us towards long-term happiness or further away from that goal.

Here is a quote on the importance of present moment choices from the Dalai Lama’s “The Art of Happiness”

We need to be able to judge the long-term and short-term consequences of your behaviors and weigh the two.

Please share your moment managment tips and tricks.  We would love to hear from you!

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