Mindfulness – be happy in the moment
Mindfulness is be happy in the moment.
I remember when I first participated in my full marathon. I was so excited that I could not wait to cross the finish line. While at the starting line, I could feel the energy of the runners next to me. They were going to give their best to obtain their personal best timing.
Everything went well till I “hit the wall” at 21km. At that moment, all I wanted was to reach the finish line and complete the race so I could rest. But running became such a painful task, as my mind kept focusing on the finish line that was 20km away, and my muscles got tense with every step.
Things got much better after I let go of my attachment to the finish line. I took every step by the moment. When I was tired, I walked; when there was a banana, I took some; and when I met a fellow runner who was suffering just like me, I chatted with him. And soon, my leg was no longer tense. I started running, and then my legs got lighter, so I ran faster without the finish line in mind, just being in the moment.
When we are unhappy or frustrated and feel stuck in life, it is often because we are here (at this moment) and want to be there (as in our future goals).
That constant attachment and craving for the future or an outcome generates a lot of unhappiness and frustration in our daily life. That also causes us to forget that now is the only moment we have and the only truth there is. Being mindful of this moment allows us to be stronger and gives us back the ability to change.
How does being mindful help you?