“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”- Jim Rohn
Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment. What does that mean? Be still. Breathe. Look around and comprehend what is happening at this very second. Are you laying down with a few moments to yourself? Are you able to get lost searching the internet or staring at the television? Are you able to walk into the kitchen and drink a cold glass of water? If you can do any of these things then you are blessed and have many things to be grateful for.
“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.” Richard Bach
There is always ugly stuff we can dwell on such as bills, debt, bad relationships, unruly children, grouchy co-workers etc. There are 24 hours in a day and the unpleasant events are not happening every second. You can steal some moments of peace to reset your mind.
“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” — Eileen Caddy
When I was working long hours and under enormous stress, my time to regroup was my lunch break. Not only was it the time to nourish my body so that I could finish the marathon of work strong, but it was also the time for me to close my eyes, breathe, and appreciate all the blessings of the day.
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” — Buddha
There is always something to be grateful for if you look hard enough. The choice to be happy is yours. Take time to enjoy every free moment.
“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”- Buddha