You probably remember learning in law school the rule against perpetuities. And while this common law property rule tends to be elusive to grasp, an insight underlying the rule — that it can be problematic to tie up the future with today’s beliefs and intentions — is more readily appreciated. The present moment can also be difficult to grasp. Given our propensity to forecast the future, it can be useful find a way to minimize the time and energy that can be spent anticipating and trying to manage imagined scenarios that tend to be out of proportion to what reality brings our way.

An accessible and short mindfulness practice known as STOP is one such method. It can take anywhere from a few seconds to a minute to practice and many find that it to be very helpful.

A Highjacked Attention