Fully engaging in the present moment is key to happiness and satisfaction in life. (3) We may have many good memories that give us a feeling of pleasure, and our plans for the future can fill us with excitement and anticipation, but happiness occurs in the moment.
Happiness is a state we must embody, meaning we have to experience it when it happens.
In addition, we can only experience a genuine connection with others by giving them our full attention. When we love someone, we want to spend time with them. It is not enough to just think about past time spent together or imagine what it will be like when we next get together. We seek the presence of our loved ones in real-time. There is no substitute.
Mindfulness is the tool that connects us to our immediate experience. It allows us to be aware of what is happening within and around us without the distraction of the past or future.
Mindfulness practices ground us in the moment. When we use meditation to train our minds to wander less and focus more, we can bring that mindfulness to everyday life. When we practice yoga or connect with nature, we anchor our attention to the present.
Our busy minds and the world of technology and fast information continually invite us to imagine ourselves as someone or somewhere else.
But we can only be ourselves, alive in the here and now. The present moment is the only one we can actually live.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this. – Henry David Thoreau