We are all familiar with the idea of valuing quality over quantity. But what if the real goal of our human journey is about quantity? How would we approach life differently if we believed that the ultimate goal is to accumulate as much living-in-the-moment time as possible? What if the quality (a very subjective measurement anyway) of my in-the-moment experience is not nearly as important as the quantity of time I spend there?
It is an interesting question, and one that reveals some of my neurosis immediately: I find myself worrying about how much time in the past I have not been living-in-the-moment, and I become anxious about how successful I will be in the future. It is as if God told me that everything will be in perfect harmony if I just sit right here in my chair, and I respond by springing out of my chair, running this way and that --- being everywhere ---everywhere except my chair.
And think about it --- how much time do we waste every day with nonsensical activity and obsessive thinking? What if we each just used a fraction of that time to quietly accumulate peaceful moments?
Try this simple little meditation, traveling to the present moment on this question:
What would happen if I simply lived in the moment?
What would happen if I simply live in this moment?
What is happening when I live in this moment?
What is happening in this moment?
What is … this moment?
… this moment?
… this moment.
For the next week, let's all live as if it's not quality, but quantity that really counts. Starting . . . NOW.
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