Mindfulness – The Key To Happiness

Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening in the present moment.

To be mindful is to be aware of what is going on right here, right now. When we breathe in, we are aware that we are breathing in. When we wash the dishes, we are aware that we are washing the dishes right now. This means we are mindful.

Mindfulness is energy that helps us stop the business of our lives and reconnect with our current thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This means we are aware of what we are doing at all times. We are aware of our actions and also of our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. When we live that way, we slow down and we realize that the past is gone and the future isn’t here yet. There is no need to worry. We only have the present moment with us right now. That is when we can connect with ourselves and release all tension in our body and our mind.

When we live mindfully, we simply become happy and joyful. This is very easy. When we think of it, happiness is available to each one of us, right here and right now. We have a roof over our heads, we are not hungry, we are sitting in the beautiful surroundings and we are not alone. We have each other. These are some of the many conditions of happiness that are available to us right now.

My own mindfulness journey began in Plum Village in France where I spend two weeks in the Mindfulness Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh. As a group, we practiced how to breathe mindfully, how to walk mindfully and even how to wash the dishes mindfully. We did everything in as a sangha (in a group) which made the transformation more possible and more joyful. Learning how to live mindfully was a deeply healing experience but sharing my experiences and feelings with others was the key to my own transformation. Listening to others and being listed with compassion made my healing possible.

I started to appreciate the power of now. When I was able to focus on the present moment, I felt fresh, free and very empowered. After only one week of practice, I was able to smile and to sincerely help others in their journey. I got it! I simply needed to remind myself to take a few deep breaths and return to my “true home”. This subtle yet permanent transformation made me feel very joyful and happy. Practicing mindful living generated this new energy that I started feeling. I felt free from my old unhealthy thinking patterns and began living with peace and happiness. I have started regaining my own strength and the will to live my life with enthusiasm and purpose again!

Write about all the things that make you happy right now.