“Wherever you are at, be there.” When I am with my children, I want to be with my children. When I am eating, I want to be completely aware that I am eating. This concept is like mono-tasking as opposed to multi-tasking.This idea is so simple, but so hard for many of us. We worry about the past, the future, our plans, projects, deadlines, etc. We set our happiness into the future after we are given a promotion, earn a degree, buy a new car, or achieve financial independence. The list is endless.
Mindfulness of our breath is the first deep practice of mindfulness and presence. Mindful breathing is our foundation, the foundation to which we can return to many times a day. As the day progresses, there will be “wake up” moments where you become mindful of either being caught up in the past, future or any other practice that keeps you from being truly present. When practiced mindfully for a few moments, the practice below has the ability to bring us back to the present moment and in doing so, improve our happiness. For more meditations, see the “Practice and Learn more” section at the end of the lesson.