The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life
Open Discussion on the Book Written by Elisha Goldstein
Tuesday evening 04.17.12 at 7
I do not much like the now. I rather tend to be nostalgic about back then even though I really didn’t like it all that much when that was the now. I often long for an idealized future though I know that it will just feel like now when I get there. So it is with mixed feelings that I tackle The Now Effect now. That stated, many of us are stressed due to the light-speed cascade of changes we face today and our instinctive fight or flight reflexes seem poorly suited as coping mechanisms. Is there a better way?
Elisha Goldstein feels that he has “evidence-based research” that offers solutions. My inner-cynic always chuckles a tad at such claims. Elisha does at the very least present a challenge to be more playful with life and to become aware of just how much anxiety, stress and various negative emotions are battering you around. The futility of expending energy on “blame” or even “causes” is valuable in itself. Our own emotions can be more damaging than helpful and this is clearly defined in his work. It is all about your response to any stimulus.
While not yet convinced that one single moment can change the rest of a life it does seem potentially fruitful to give a few moments to consider how this one moment might help.
“Now” for Discussion:
- What is being “mindful of the moment?” Is it merely New Age/meditation babble?
- What hinges upon a single moment? Why?
- What are the blessings and curses of “daily routine?”
- Can you remember moments where emotions hijacked you?
- Are there simply times when you feel out-of-touch or numb these days? Why?
- Do you carry around a vague and poorly directed anger?
- Do current events have more emotional impact on you than they should?
- Do you frequently escape to a more perfect past or an idealistic future?
- Does “now” often feel lackluster, depressing or painful?
- Applications of Goldstein’s STOP practice, how does it work?
- How might Maslow feel about “The Now Effect?”
- How much time to you spend these days contemplating being more “playful?”
- Just where does “Now” intersect with “Happy?”
- How could being in the “Now” lead to being more productive?
“It is not too uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.” — Eckhart Tolle
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