"Live in the Moment" is also an Ego Trap

Let's talk about guilt. Guilt is essentially a manipulation tactic to make you feel like what you are currently doing/thinking is not good enough. Society is full of such tactics eg. In order to be happy you need to "get straight As, go to University, be a Lawyer/Doctor/Accountant". Some of us may still fall for this old trick, but essentially it has been replaced by another one - or at least in my circle. And this new one is much more subtle. It's the one that says "live in the moment, slow down, don't miss your life, smell the roses."

Still feelings of guilt, still thinking you're not doing it well enough. Now instead of being a failure because you didn't go to Uni, or you didn't become a lawyer, you are now feeling guilty because you are not being present enough, living in the moment enough.

Let's be logical, and relax for a moment. You are in this human body as a stream of consciousness. Your consciousness is a tiny stream connected to the larger stream of total consciousness. you can live your life as this tiny stream and have no clue you are part of the bigger whole, or you can know you are part of the bigger stream and come in and out of that - sometimes feeling very connected to the bigger stream, sometimes focused on the tiny stream. Either way, you are enough. You can't NOT be enough. There is NOTHING else. So whether you are fully connected and an enlightened being, or a lawyer making a ton of money and totally stressed out - you are part of the whole. You cannot do this wrong, there is no wrong, how can the universe be doing it wrong? What would that even look like?

So what that means for you, is giving yourself permission to relinquish guilt. Relax. Stop driving yourself towards some fictitious goal. You will not gain anything significant when you get the promotion, nor will you gain anything significant when you simplify your life and spend more time with your kids, or smell a rose. These acts are simply acts. You can get a promotion and be joyful or stressed, you can smell a rose and be joyful or stressed -