Is it OK to plan and think about the future?

Is it OK to plan and think about the future?

by Headspace_HQ » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:08 pm

Andy's Answer:

The first thing to say is that being in the present does not mean being separate from the past or the future. For example, we can be present when consciously reflecting on events from the past (as opposed to being caught up, distracted and overwhelmed by the past). Likewise, we can be present when consciously planning for the future (as opposed to being caught up, distracted and overwhelmed by thoughts of the future).

So, meditation does not mean to negate or neglect thought. Instead, it gives us a framework in which we can easily identify that which is productive, creative and helpful and that which is unproductive, unhelpful and unpleasant. With practice we learn to engage and enhance the former, whilst loosening the grip and letting go of the latter.

It's also important that we don't neglect those things important to us. Once again, it really has less to do with what we're doing and more to do with how we approach it and engage with it. So yes, most definitely, put time and attention into the planning for the future as you feel is necessary, but at the same time, try to apply that same soft, gentle and mindful quality which you apply to your meditation whilst you're at it.
 
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