Most of us have experienced something or someone that has made us stop in our tracks and pay attention. Maybe it was a flash of colour from a beautiful flower, the words of a great genius, the kindness of a smile, the smell of rain or the tears in the eyes of a loved one.It’s a feeling that hits you right in the stomach and you are there, in that moment.
This got me thinking of ‘Mindfulness’ a very modern term used for early teachings of the Buddha.
The Buddhist term translated to English as ‘Mindfulness’ is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment.
Most of us lead busy lives and in quiet moments often waste time with ‘If Only’ in the past and ‘what if’ in the future. For me ‘If only’ often results in feeling down and ‘what if’ makes me feel anxious. Mainly I live in the ‘Now’
After watching 11:22:63 written by Stephen king (highly recommended btw) were the story tells of a young man travelling back in time to try and stop the assassination of Kennedy, I pondered my past and what I could change for the better.
I searched the archives of my bad relationships, who I had wronged, who had wronged me, bad choices, health, work and so on.
It will be of no surprise that I concluded all the events have led me to better things, things that were meant for me. To change them would be to change everything that I am, and so I surrender.
Where I am today is where I am meant to be. Right here, right now.
“We did not ask for this room or this music.We were invited in.Therefore,because the dark surrounds us let us turn our faces to the light.Let us endure hardship to be grateful for plenty.We have been given pain to be astounded by joy.We have been given life to deny death.We did not ask for this room or this music. But because we are here, let us dance”
Stephen King 11.22.63