“Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. ”
awakening to experience… that’s so perfect. Okay here’s my rant:
Have you ever realized how much time we spend caught up in everything but the present? Reminiscing in the past, thinking about how we could have changed things, even counting the days until something will happen- all creating a dome of oblivion that shields the present. But we don’t realize how much time we are wasting living with this mindset and are completely unaware to how often we shift to it.
We’ve all lived wonderful moments that can understandably occupy our minds from time to time and we often have distractingly exciting futures ahead of us- but what about the other stuff? This is like 99% of life.. the non-extraordinary, the grey area. Why do we always wish we could be somewhere else or experiencing other moments unless something incredible is happening to us in the present?
And what if we starting thinking about our non-extraordinary moments as exceptional ones? Even a trip to the grocery store can be made memorable if you make it. Being kind to strangers, being mindful and noticing all the life around you- or anything you want to do outside of your ‘norm’ that will make you feel gratified can ALL be done. But yet we still rome the aisles of the grocery store, passing each other with complete blindness. Acknowledging nothing but pressing biological triggers like hunger and fatigue- our minds divided between our grocery list and tomorrow’s dinner party.
Just because nothing crazy is happening around you, that doesn’t mean you should ignore the moment.
This isn’t a “you are alive and healthy!!” pep talk but I just want to highlight the fact that we are wasting so much of our short, precious lives doing this and we don’t even realize it.
We should learn not simply to accept, but to admire. Practice going from the acceptance, the “I can’t leave this moment so I might as well enjoy it” to the admiration, the “I am thoroughly happy to be here right now” even during our daily lives.
We should practice catching our minds closing off, catching our domes of oblivion forming and remind ourselves that life is not purely made up of the most happy or tragic moments, there’s a lot more that just doesn’t seem as memorable in comparison.. things we should learn appreciate more.
So practice presence and don’t waste all your time wishing you were somewhere else. Yes, let your extraordinary mind wonder off into extraordinary places, but let the special moments stay special and remember that extremely high expectations can result in disappointment. If you think about it, some of the best moments are the ones that catch you off guard and can only happen if you are truly living in the moment- with a fully open mind that doesn’t forget to pick up on the little things.
– Dose of Delight