“Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.” Dale Carnegie
My dogs love life. So long as they have food, company, walks, and a comfortable place to sleep they are happy. They don’t worry about the past, or what might happen in the future.
Mindfulness is about grounding our attention in the present moment. It intensifies the experience of self-awareness.
If we don’t concentrate on ‘the now’ we tend to become carried away by our thoughts about the past or future, and lose touch with the present moment.
Seneca observed that most human suffering relates to rumination about the past, or worry about the future, and that nobody confines his concern to the present moment.
“Wild beasts run away from dangers when they see them. Once they have escaped, they are free of anxiety. But we are tormented by both the future and the past." (Seneca: Letters, 5)
We should live each moment as though we are seeing the world for the first or last time, whilst being aware that each instant intimately connects us to the totality of time and space.
“Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”