We are all capable of living in Walter Mitty type worlds, of placing too much importance on what is going on in the mind rather than taking time to experience what is really happening in this moment.
We can sometimes focus too closely on following a particular plan while a more flexible moment-to-moment approach can be more effective and help to get more done.
It’s normal that your minds drifts off from time to time. If it does, it can help to recognise the thought and even give it a name as you return to the present moment.
Despite his reputation as a rogue, Ernest Hemingway advocated mindful techniques for writing and for living, and he offers good advice on how to be considerate to others.
It’s easy to get an idea for writing, said playwright Lajos Egri. Find inspiration by taking a quiet moment to observe the world around you and within you.
Through mindfulness, you can recognise the moment you have a strong urge of any kind, and then ‘surf’ the wave of that urge until it passes.
A writer has to learn to feel the present moment in order to reproduce the sounds, actions and emotions for the reader.
When a panic attack strikes, it can be better to give it the space and air it needs, just as the sky gives space to a storm until it passes.
Jules Verne knew that it doesn’t help to anticipate problems or dangers. It is much better to remain in the moment, stay calm, and only deal with the problem if it actually arises.