I made a page similar to this one a few years ago…and in December….and have spent several years “practicing” keeping this very important idea in mind….
“right now is the time that we have….right in this very moment….”
There may be conditions, interactions or circumstances that feel good to us right now, in which case a sense or feeling of happiness naturally arises….
Or there may be conditions or circumstances that we don’t like…ones that we perhaps resist, develop tension about…think about…and, at times, get preoccupied about….and those typically lead to some type of self generated feeling of “unhappiness”…which certainly doesn’t feel good and is not of benefit to ourselves or others around us.
But for us to remember that it isn’t those actual conditions, circumstances or interactions that lead to a sense of “less happy”…..it’s our own reactions…often repetitive reaction patterns… and resistance, within us, that generates that feeling….
To learn to notice when the beginnings of that resistance are being felt, to learn to let that sense of resistance go….to practice noticing and remembering that…over and over again…practicing, practicing, practicing….to keep reminding ourselves of that dynamic.
to learn to let each moment be….
to come back to the “now”
to learn to recognize and focus on the positive in each moment,
to develop more perspective
and to learn to relinquish when negative seems to appear
to learn to let the ideas about the past be left in the past…
to not bring those completed past moments into this present moment…
and to not project the imagined, unknown future onto the “now”
to not superimposed imagined ideas about the future
onto this present moment of “now”
to realize that whatever time we do have is very very precious…
to learn to stop resisting,
to appreciate the goodness in each moment…
to appreciate the underlying goodness in all of us,
to shift perspective….
to not think…. “oh, next week…next month….next year”…
none of us know whether we’ll have that…
and even if we do have that “bonus” time,
why waste this precious time of the “now” ?
and so to reflect on,
to ponder this idea,
to deeply understand and realize…
happiness feels good…
it’s supported by letting go of negative patterns
and noticing and appreciating the positives…
that sense of natural happiness benefits each one of us….
but equally important,
it benefits our interactions with our family and friends
it benefits everyone we interact with each day…
to keep those strong benefits in mind
and to learn to live in the appreciation, acceptance and happiness
in each moment of “now.”
“the time to be happy is now….if not now, then when?”
Link to December post: “The time to be happy is….now….”… this seems to be a recurring idea that I keep reminding myself about….I actually completely forgot that I had made that December post…I think I’m looking at the ideas today from an “overall” perspective… as more of an ongoing “life practice,” not related to a specific situation, as I might have been doing in the December post…but it still contains the essence of … building on and increasing the positives, practicing decreasing the negatives…and to recognize the underlying goodness in just “being”in each moment of “now.”