Thomas Merton says that that there are “possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment,” and encourages us to embrace them with “courage, faith and hope.” I wrote about that last week. Thankfully, there is also rest in the present moment; the chance to pause the stories we tell ourselves and the chance to stop the often exhausting constant forward motion of our lives. Being mindful—fully present in this moment, without judgement—is the heart’s refresh button. And it’s easy-cheesy. Simply get quiet for a moment, become aware of your breath. There’s no need to try to change your breath, just feel how it moves in your body for a minute. That’s it. That’s all you need to do.
“Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.” Thich Nhat Hanh