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living IN the moment vs. living FOR the moment
    #2910216 - 07/20/04 10:54 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

I see a lot of people get these two things confused, so I thought I'd give some examples of each.

In the moment: Taking time to appreciate the beauty of the trees in your yard. Being happy for just being here, and not relying on things outside of you for happiness. Lying down with your significant other and staring into each other's eyes. Not worrying about things which are beyond your control.

For the moment: Blowing your paycheck on cigarettes and booze. Littering because you're too lazy to go to the trash can. Trashing the environment because you don't care about your children's children. Supporting massive tax cuts during a recession, even though you're going to have to pay it back later with interest. Using your credit card to buy stuff you can't afford, and then only paying the minimum monthly payment.

Hope this clears up any misconceptions.


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Re: living IN the moment vs. living FOR the moment [Re: silversoul7]
    #2910272 - 07/20/04 11:05 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Maintaining a constant attitude of mindful awareness by living in the moment is giving one's life the respect it deserves.


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Re: living IN the moment vs. living FOR the moment [Re: silversoul7]
    #2910736 - 07/21/04 01:10 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Silversoul,

That was good, Man! I definitely spend time in both ways, but I'm working on spending all my time 'In the moment'.


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Re: living IN the moment vs. living FOR the moment [Re: silversoul7]
    #2910792 - 07/21/04 01:27 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Living for the world = living in the moment

Living for the moment = living in the world

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Re: living IN the moment vs. living FOR the moment [Re: silversoul7]
    #2910864 - 07/21/04 01:45 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Or in the alternative:

In the moment: Watching your child die as it takes its last breath. Sitting with your child as it gasps for breath because he/she suffers from asthma. Enduring the pain as your father penetrates you.

For the moment: Drinking and smoking your last paycheck away because your child just died. Drinking and smoking your last paycheck away because you are so stressed out over the amount of doctor's bills and from caring for your child. Drinking and smoking your last paycheck away because you can't escape your father's face.

Sometimes, it's a matter of perspective. We may look at someone who is drinking and smoking away their last paycheck, but maybe they have a good reason for doing it.

Same with people who litter and such. We should all live moral, ethical lives. But there are those of us who have such a hard time living, we could give fuck all about taxes, money, etc.

I'm not saying it's right. I'm just saying let's have empathy for those whose standards are not up there with our own.


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Re: living IN the moment vs. living FOR the moment [Re: Frog]
    #2916387 - 07/22/04 04:21 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Excellent point.


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Re: living IN the moment vs. living FOR the moment [Re: silversoul7]
    #2916439 - 07/22/04 04:39 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I finished eating an apple the other day and threw it into the grass. I got written up at work for littering. I don't throw paper on the ground..just seeds.

I maxed out my credit cards too. And I only make the minimum payment. I feel pretty guilty, but the world we live in makes it hard. Sure I can give up all worries and go live on the street...but I dont want to be a bum. It takes money to live, and if I can get a loan when I need it the most, and pay it back gradually, I will. Money makes the world go round, and although I do not agree with it, its the truth. I dont think money, and material items are the source of true happiness. I think you need to be at peace with yourself to be truely happy, however I think that material objects are not wrong. If I bust my ass, and have some money left over and want to get drunk, I do not see whats wrong with that


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