It’s easier than ever before to miss your life. How many things pull for your attention every day?
Mindfulness means, if you are eating, just eat. If you are talking with someone, really listen. Be present, one-hundred percent, in every single thing that you do.
Constantly reminding myself that I am lucky to be here helps me to focus on mindfulness.
But you don’t have to be a suicide attempt survivor to be lucky to be alive. You didn’t get hit by a bus, contract a fatal disease, or die while serving.
We all know someone who’s had misfortune befall them. I believe the best way to honor them is to maximize our time on Earth.
In order to do that, you have to be here, now. You cannot drift away from the moment in front of you.
Meditation will help you develop mindfulness, but, you don’t need to practice Zen Buddhism or yoga for hours on end in order get there.
You can take little steps. Start with your mobile device. Leave it in your bag or a drawer when you come home. (Or even, while you’re at work!)
Single-task. Do whatever you need to do the most, now. Nothing else. If that means, playing with your kids, just play. Don’t think about the laundry or your boss while you play.
It’s a conscious effort. You have to tell yourself, ‘I’m eating now. I’m just going to eat. I’m not going to write while I eat. I’ll write when I’m done.’
I think you’ll find that if you practice active mindfulness, your life will instantly change for the better.
You won’t miss all the little things that make it worth living.