Day 3018: Why is it so difficult for people to stay in the moment?

Whenever I invite people to stay in the moment, rather than thinking about the future or the past, I acknowledge how difficult that is to do. Every moment, people agree with me. It’s difficult to stay in the moment — the human mind wants to go into the past and/or the future.

In this moment, it occurs to me to ask the question: Why is it so difficult for people to stay in the moment? When people do stay in the moment — experience the present with all their senses — they appreciate the break from regrets about the past and worries about the future. And yet it remains so difficult to stay in the moment.

Because I can’t answer the question I posed in the moment, I just tweeted this:

Before I finish this post, I’ll check back on Twitter to see if I have any answers.

In the meantime, notice the focus on the future and the past in these other images I am sharing in the moment.

In the moment, I think the Daily Bitch is inviting us to stay in the moment.

There are no answers to my question on Twitter, so I’ll see if there are answers on YouTube to “Why is it so difficult for people to stay in the moment?”

Here is Eckhart Tolle with “Accepting the Present Moment not the Life Situation!”

As usual, it’s difficult for me to stay in the moment as I’m reminiscing about my son’s past YouTube “Louie Louie” creation

… and wondering if I will find any videos of Jackie Chan dancing:

Still no answers on Twitter in the moment, so I’ll ask you: Why is it so difficult for people to stay in the moment?

It’s not difficult for me to stay in the moment with gratitude, so thanks to all who help me blog every day, including YOU.

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28 thoughts on “Day 3018: Why is it so difficult for people to stay in the moment?

  1. Every single second, the moment becomes the past and the future becomes the moment, Ann. I think that’s why our minds dodge and weave.

  2. Media tries to force us to live in the past and worry about the future. Eckhart Tolle has some interesting points of view. Live in the moment is a good starting point.

  3. This one has a little of everything, and I love it! I am getting better at staying in the moment, and staying out of the news feeds helps. All that matters is this comment and my next snack.

  4. puella33

    This is just a guess: People don’t live in the moment because it sucks. So they look forward to the future hoping it’s better.

  5. As soon as I read the question I started thinking about how I would answer it, leaping mentally into the future even though I didn’t yet have a response. Heidegger said human nature is in the form of a question so maybe that’s why we can’t just be in the moment: there are always questions.

  6. I think it’s natural to live in the past in the future at the same time as the present because people are multidimensional, and time is too. Also, the moment is when we make decisions that affect the future, and we use our past experiences to inform us. These days, my husband and I are enjoying reruns of the West Wing, and that show is giving us some very good moments

  7. Great clip! I’ve always enjoyed Eckhart Tolle’s books, but that’s the first time I’ve watched him speak. I never realised he had such a good sense of humour!

  8. I wonder if some people find it hard to stay in the moment because they aren’t happy with what’s happening “in the moment” and they want to escape. I felt myself release a lot of “running ahead” this year because the options were so limited. I liked the feeling…hated the circumstance but liked the smaller circle. It helps me appreciate NOW so much more.

  9. I think humans cannot stay in the moment, because they are busy with either a problem, or a mystery. “Ignorance can be divided into problems and mysteries. When we face a problem, we may not know its solution, but we have insight, increasing knowledge, and an inkling of what we are looking for. When we face a mystery, however, we can only stare in wonder and bewilderment, not knowing what an explanation would even look like.” -Noam Chomsky

    This is why Harley rules.

  10. i think it has to do with having uncertainty. how will what i’m doing now impact what will happen next? has what already happened lead me to what is happening now? can i change the past or future? what will happen ‘if’? or what had happened ‘if’ the past had been different? that tiny tapes that play in our head and heart…

  11. Hang on a minute and I’ll let you know 🙂

  12. Do you think that bridge over that huge gap i the Kungfu Yoga movie dance routine was real? In the moment, I wouldn’t have crossed it for love nor money!

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