Right now, at this very instant – how are you? Are you feeling an emotion? Anxious or elated? Frustrated or confused? This very instant – right – NOW! – what are you feeling?
It’s interesting and endlessly fascinating to me to bring my attention to this very moment. And most times – almost every time – I can say that I don’t really have a stong over-riding emotion. I’m just me. Sitting here, reading or typing as the case may be.
It’s not as if I am actually bubbling with joy or seething with rage.
So for this moment, I am actually neutral. Neither up nor down.
And this is where mindfulness comes into play. Because if I were to just let myself wander and go on with other things and not have an awareness around my mind, my mind would eventually be pulled in a direction and I would actually find myself either happy or sad or angry or frustrated as the case may be.
But what if I had that moment to moment awareness to such an extent that I carried it with me for all moments? And at the first inkling of frustration or exuberance I could dial it up or down a little – and maintain that even, balanced outlook. How would that serve me for staying calm and having clarity across my whole day?
That is what mindfulness is about. It has been called various things like equanimity or being grounded or centered. Mindfulness is the quality of being present with oneself at all times. It’s about having awareness and awareness of awareness – meta-awareness – around yourself so you are never lost to the whim of your emotions again.
And certainly possessing such clarity and composure across the ups and downs of the day really helps with staying on purpose with our values and purpose. So we immediately feel more connected and at one with what we are doing. And from this it flows that we maintain that core integrity around how we are feeling and by extension how we treat others.
It makes for a more pleasant experience and enables you to hover in and around the level of happiness more often. And that in itself is a good thing.
In this moment, right now, we also do not lack anything that could hold us back from experiencing happiness. The basic tool for happiness is possessing a mind – and we all have that. So what are we doing to ourselves to make it such that we can simply enjoy happiness in this moment?