When people ask me what is one of the most important lessons I can take out of life? I'm clear on my answer. Now, my response is only from my own experience and it’s equally important to look for other responses. But I say that recognizing the preciousness of the moments of life and dipping into what really matters is it. This seems to be the message of Lee Lipsenthal MD’s book Enjoy Every Last Sandwich. It’s also what lies behind the training in The Now Effect.
It’s no secret that the hidden shadow of our culture is the impermanence of life. We only seem to come to terms with it the moment death is pushed in our face. Lee Lipsenthal was diagnosed with a terminal cancer and as he made peace with that, it only reinforced the message he believed to enjoy the moments of our lives and not get too caught up in the minutia.
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I know people who haven’t spoken for years because of feelings of hurt on both side and the inability to forgive. When we hold a grudge it’s painful and we have to ask ourselves, who’s really suffering here?
It’s a common experience to look back on life and say “Where did it all go,” or “Wow, they grew up so fast.”
Our brains are wired to anticipate what’s coming up next so it’s almost unnatural to be present to our lives and appreciate what’s here.
When we do get in touch with the spaces of our lives and realize what’s most important, that’s The Now Effect in action and we all have the ability to train our minds to do so.
One way to get at this may be to picture yourself many years from now toward the end of life looking back onto life now, what would you say to yourself?
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