Mindfulness Activity #110
Mindfulness for Natural Happiness
In today’s rush, we all think too much—seek too much—want too much—and forget about the joy of just being. Eckhart Tolle
Good Morning. Today’s practice focuses on the enjoyment of just being in the present moment with no demands, no obligations, and no pressure. Certainly, not all mindfulness practice is enjoyable; and certainly not all moments in life are enjoyable. One reason for practicing mindfulness is so that you control your mind instead of your mind controlling your experience. With practice, even in the midst of stressful experiences, you will be able to escape unpleasantness through the power of your attention and where you direct it. Mindfulness teachers note that there is often joy and calm in a simple breath, but we muddy it with rumination about past things or anticipation, fear, or longing for a moment not yet here.
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. (21)”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
Thich Nhat Hanh, or Ty (short for teacher), has explained that breathing in oxygen, feeling your senses working, eating food that sustains us…all these are moments that can provide happiness if we pay attention to them.
Today’s practice is simply to spend a few moments breathing, using your senses to notice the present moment. You do not need to strive for calm or happiness…just be…Just breathe or just make tea or just walk for a few moments. Make the moment about your activity or about your breath.
Make it your intention to catch yourself when you veer away from the present today, to take a moment to breathe and to notice the moment. Notice that in that very moment you are likely safe and free from harm. Savor pleasant experiences and interactions by being truly present in them.
Enjoy the pleasant moments today!