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Mindfulness: Living Through Challenges and Enriching Your Life In This Moment by Richard W. Sears

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Chapter 1The Need for Mindfulness

Many of us have become so entrenched in getting things done, worrying about the future, ruminating about the past, and making comparisons that we don't spend much time in this moment.

The late Alan Watts talked about the trick that is played on all of us from the time we are children.1 We are bombarded with the idea that some great thing will be coming in the future. When you're old enough, you get to go to kindergarten—won't that be great? Then first grade, then second grade. You can look forward to middle school, then high school, then college! Along the way, you long for the day you will meet that special someone who will make your life feel more complete, and perhaps start a family. Eventually you get to enter the world of work, where you can make and save money to get those things you've always wanted to make you happy. You fight your way up the ladder, believing that things will be so much better after you get that next promotion. And once you get that nice house and reliable car and perfect partner, life will be so much easier. Finally your kids grow up and get lives of their own. When you get to retirement, too tired to enjoy it from the stress of working so hard all those years, you realize that your life is almost over, and you were absent from most of it. As the saying goes, life is what happened to you while you were busy making ...

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