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Are you living in the moment?

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. May 17, 2011

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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
  • Call your physician, health provider or clergy
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    www.nami.org
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

You've read about the importance of living in the moment. You understand that the quality of your life depends on the choices you make and how you respond to life's challenges. But are you living your life that way? Or are you being held back by the past?

Let me start with the issue of forgiveness. The fact that so many people have posted comments on this topic shows how pervasive and complicated it is. It's clear that if you don't forgive that person who injured you or your family, that person will burrow a hole in your soul. Obviously, that's not healthy.

However, without some sort of spiritual energy or peace or karma, it is very difficult to close that chapter and move on without feelings of bitterness and resentment. Of course, time does help, and the input of professionals. I'd like to hear from you if you've been able to extend that olive branch and offer forgiveness.

Another recurring challenge is the issue of multitasking. This was brought home to me recently when I participated in a wonderful conference addressing leaders of industry, education and local government. Almost all of the attendees have advanced degrees and are major players in their professions. As the session began, I noticed that nearly everyone in the room was furiously checking emails or texting, unable to set aside their business concerns even for a morning. As the opening speaker began speaking about stress and burnout, only gradually did they raise their eyes to the podium.

How ironic that these professionals were taking time from their busy lives to learn about stress and burnout and yet didn't have the common sense to turn off their devices of torment. Are we so imprisoned by the technology? Have we lost the ability to focus on what's in front of us? Is multitasking keeping us from being fully present in the moment?

With

Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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May. 17, 2011