While we love the idea of being awake to each moment, sometimes
it can seem a big ask. When we are more relaxed every part of
us starts to come alive - it can even feel as if we're experiencing
our world for the very first time.
Best-selling author Daniel Goleman was invited by the Dalai
Lama to join a team of top scientists brought together to explore
In one experiment Tibetan monk Lama Oser, who was well practised
at living in the now, was shown footage of a variety of people
experiencing subtle changes in mood.
The fleeting changes in facial expressions lasted just one-fifth
of a second in one case, and one thirtieth of a second in another.
Out of literally thousands of participants, including policemen,
psychiatrists and secret service agents, Oser read the emotions
of those on screen more acutely than anyone else tested.
So, far from causing us to lose our edge, living in the now
enables us to sharpen our perceptions and see things the way
they are and not how we assumed they might be.