Happiness is looking at the same thing with different eyes.
Life only happens here–at this very moment. Tomorrow and yesterday are no more than a thought. So make the best of it. You do not know how long you have got. This is a positive message. It helps to give appreciative attention to what is here now. How much appreciative attention do you have for the here and now? Become still and look around. How is the “now” for you?
You do not have to wait for the future to be an improvement on the present. You can find it here.
Mark Williams and Danny Penman,
Mindfulness: An Eight-week Plan for
Finding Peace in a Frantic World
We never can be anywhere but in the present moment. No one has ever revisited the past or stepped into the future. We are here, always, in this moment. Yet our thinking, our attention, is often in the past or in the future, trying to manage our experiences so that we may find greater happiness in the here and now. We are trying to rewrite yesterday so that it makes for a better today–if only I had or hadn’t done this or that–or we are trying to plan our tomorrow so that it comes out the way we think will be best.
But thinking in the past and future is not the same as being in the past and future, and no matter how well we may ‘figure things out,’ our speculating mind does nothing, ever, to change what has happened or what is going to happen; and placing our awareness in the future or the past takes us away from the only place we ever might find happiness–this present moment.
We have been trained by life and by our neurochemistry to worry about the future and feel guilty about the past. For most of us there is an automatic movement of our awareness out of the present – out of the only place where happiness might be found. By insisting on bringing our thinking back to the present moment, we become open to the happiness that is the baseline of the universe–the Sat Chit Ananda/Existence Consciousness Bliss the Veda tells us is the very stuff of the universe, the underlying Truth of all that is.
In this moment, right here and right now, happiness is available. We only need to step out of our thinking in order to look for it where it lives.
Today I will insist on being present at least twice, or at least five times, or as many times as I might think of it: as I am tying my shoes, walking from the car to the house, putting on my jacket, brushing my teeth, pouring my orange juice, doing sit-ups, asking my friend how she’s doing…