“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” - Eckhart Tolle Personal development and spiritual gurus agree, living in the present is the aim: To be fully engaged in the now without our minds wandering into the past or future.
Human beings are weird! I should know, I am a Psychotherapist - amongst other things. Even within what we might call the ‘normal’ range of thoughts, feelings and behaviours, we are a little bit odd - all of us, and I include myself in that. We have weird and wonderful ways of behaving, thought processes, and ways that we can unconsciously sabotage ourselves from doing the things that we want to do.
Happiness - we all want to be happy - but it turns out that despite most of us enjoying a much higher quality of life and greater wealth than 50 years ago, over the same period our happiness levels haven't risen at all. So why is this?
When I mention the words 'personal development' I get one of two reactions. The first, is a blank face, the other is one of excitement, a list of books they have read, stories about events they have attended and suggested websites to visit.