Gratitude List 02/01/2019
They say the present is a gift. How true this is. I’m beginning to see how much a gift it really is.
By being present I am practising mindfulness. I am more aware of where I am, what I am doing and what I am feeling. As a result I am also more aware of my characteristics (the good and the bad) and my connection with life.
There seems to be a link between being present and getting things done, I tend to procrastinate less. I’m not entirely sure why, maybe it’s the simple fact of living in the moment. When I procrastinate I delay doing something over a period of time – if I’m not living in these moments then how can I do something?
Being present means by default I will (a) not project into the unknown future, and (b) not dwell in the pains of the past. I can’t do two things at once and I choose the present.
‘…. especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful….’ There’s so much beauty in the world, from trees and flowers to smiles and laughter. I simply miss it all when I’m not living in the present.
Whilst in the present I get a full picture of what I have. My health, my circumstances, my happiness, my life. I just need to open my gift and see what’s inside. What is guaranteed is an abundance of gratitude.
I also tend to see the good in people. Someone could be displaying defects, but staying present and not letting my mind go off on a tangent, I can remind myself of their qualities and consider why they maybe behaving in such a way.
With all of these benefits of being present there is little doubt to why I feel so serene when I am. My mind and spirit are at peace.