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Actually, let's not be in the moment

Instead of struggling to 'live in the present', maybe we should just be grateful that our brains allow us to be elsewhere.

"It is, of course, easier and cheaper to blame the individual for thinking the wrong thoughts than it is to tackle the thorny causes of his unhappiness . . . In reality, despite many grand claims, the scientific evidence in favour of the Moment's being the key to contentment is surprisingly weak."

I'M at the kitchen sink, after a long day of work and kids and chores and the emotional exhaustion of a toxic election season, attempting to mindfully focus on congealed SpaghettiOs. My brain flits to the Netflix queue. I manhandle my thoughts back to the leaky orange glob in front of me. My...

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