A WOMAN’S attempts to ‘live in the moment’ have been disrupted by the arrival of other moments.
30-year-old Susan Traherne was using mindfulness techniques to be fully present while eating an orange, when the garage phoned with bad news about her car.
She said: “I was totally ‘present’, concentrated on the task at hand without crowding my mind with memories of the past or worries about the future.
“Then the phone rang and it was the garage saying I needed a new radiator and it would be £400. Suddenly I was freaking out, thinking ‘shit, shit, shit’. Now I’m out of the good moment and in the new, bad moment.
“So that’s the problem with moments. They are only a moment long, and because time moves in a line other stuff happens that does your head in, like ten minutes after that when I burned some toast.
“You aren’t supposed to worry about the future but it does tend to arrive whether or not you want it to.”