The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment
A friend was walking in the desert when he found the telephone to God. The setting was Burning Man, an electronic arts and music festival for which 50,000 people descend on Black Rock City, Nevada, for eight days of "radical self-expression"—dancing, socializing, meditating, and debauchery. A phone booth in the middle of the desert with a sign that said "Talk to God" was a surreal sight even at Burning Man. So when God came on the line asking how he could help, my friend was ready. "Breathe," replied a soothing male voice. My friend flinched at the tired new-age mantra, then reminded himself to keep an open mind. "Whenever you feel anxious about your future or your past, just breathe," continued God. You Are Not Your Thoughts Life unfolds in the present. When we're at work, we fantasize about being on vacation; on vacation, we worry about the work piling up on our desks. Most of us don't undertake our thoughts in awareness. We need to live more in the moment.