How is staying present helps with happiness?
Your sister gets diagnosed with breast cancer.
Your best friend died of a car accident.
You got pregnant.
And then we panicked, we feel regret and guilty.
Do you know what it's important to stay present? The reason why we are encouraged to stay in present is to reduce the gap of suffering and pain when a unexpected incidents hits.
On the other side, during moments of joy, your experience are magnified because you state of mind is focused on the present.
The more times you noticed the birds on the trees while riding the bus instead of being on the phone, the more times you taste what you eat instead of gobbling down, the faster you encounter a calmer reality. And when disaster hits, you're more prepared for it. That's one of the biggest change i felt when i practice mindfulness meditation.
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