Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes. – Thich Nhat Hanh
When you mindfully move through out your day, you live with awareness. Aware of how you move and breathe. Aware, as if it’s your first day on earth. Become in awe of how it feels to walk, to wash your hands, to smile, to laugh. Amazed at the brilliant blue sky, the flowering weed, the trees, the cars, the sounds. Everything is brilliant! And every time you can bring yourself to this place of awareness. You realize how easy it is to recognize happiness in what you use to believe to be the ordinary. There is no drama playing in your head, because your busy looking at the present, consistently, with new awareness.
Living in the past or present robs us of our time. We should bless the past with faith that the past is success, somehow working for our favor, with lessons and growth.
Then forget about it – It can not be changed.
Bless the future with a knowing that the world is somehow conspiring for your benefit – Believe.
Then forget about it.
Let it all go! Live in the flow and fully in the now, and get ready – expect to receive. Now is the accepted time, Now is the time to act in the present. Here is where you find happiness. Here is where you find peace.
So,…just a thought… maybe every time you wash your hands, let it be a reminder to come into the present. Notice the action of turning the water on and putting soap into your hand. Feel the water whether it’s warm or cold. Feel your hands rubbing together as the soap bubbles become larger and larger, allowing the velvety softness to caresses your hands. Feel it, and embrace it, from every perspective. Allow yourself to mindfully begin living in the present.
Oxford Dictionaries defines daydreaming as a series of pleasant thoughts that distract one’s attention from the present. But here I was at the beach watching the sunrise, and yet I was having a hard time being present. How many times do we do that, allow beautiful moments to pass by without experienceing the whole. So today my morning meditation became to sit, feel, watch and observe. As the sun was rising I noticed the ebb and flow of life, ever repeating, as the waves rhythmically came in and then went back out. I notice my breath doing the same… The sand felt cool beneath me, as I began to become warmed by the sun as it continued to rise. I made the connection to the opposites, aware of the waves coming in and out, aware of the rise and fall of the breath, and the hot and cool of the sand and sun. Reminded at the same time of part of Newtons laws of motion, for every action there is and equal and opposite reaction; and, that a body at rest will stay at rest, a body in motion will stay in motion unless acted on by a outside force. We move through life mostly robotically, just moving through the motions that we’ve set in place. Even when our intention is good, like me going to the beach to meditate, becoming present to what is, allowing myself to just be. Being so caught up in the silent internal meditation that I felt that I needed to do, and then allowing myself just for the pure pleasure of it, to be present with all my senses to that which is truly beautiful, and not just by the visual sight of it. I felt happy and content, aware that I am living the life that I had always dreamed of. I’m sure, it started as a daydream, and a knowing of the life that I always wanted to live. But just like Newtons law of motion suggest, I had to change to get my different results, not by a physical force, but by a mental shift.
I’ve been living in my home for about three months, before I had the epiphany to meditate at the beach instead of my home that is still in the process of being remodeled. Why it took me three months to realize this – I’m not sure, but it may have been because my home is where I have always meditated before. I now live about a mile away, close enough to walk. But thank goodness I had this sudden realization when I did and the months didn’t turn into years. It didn’t cost me anymore time or money, but just an awaking to the motions that I’ve set in place.
So I ask you today, after you finished your daydreaming, to become so mindfully present to your actions that your going through right now, to the simple awareness – with eyes wide open – of what can you do differently right now by a simple shift, to make part of your dream a reality.
So my exceptional stepson was washing the cars a few days ago, and in the middle of his task he stopped, blew a bubble with the suds, and took this beautiful photo. What a great reminder to look for the beauty, and joy, in our everyday moments.
That’s it for today. Just simply pause, and enjoy the moment!