Daily Grateful: November 27, 2013

Take the time to take in the wonderful things, people, places, creatures, environment that surround you. Details of life that you might normally overlook. Drink them in, deeply, as if your very life depended on it. One could argue that it does–if one is to be truly happy, that is. This is what the vaunted “mindfulness movement” is all about, really. There are many methods for getting there, but much of it all boils down to seeing the world as it is, non-judgmentally, and enjoying the heck out of it while you can. You can’t slow down time, but you can experience and internalize the moments that comprise time much more fully. It doesn’t require that you meditate (although you should try to develop that as a habit; it will help facilitate mindfulness). But mindfulness is available any waking moment, literally: Just look around outside, at your loved ones, at those whom you feel close; listen to that moving piece of music; gaze at those pictures that make you smile; whatever your particular happiness zen, it’s available anytime you want to stop and notice, fully, gratefully, actively. It’s called “taking in the good” and it’s freely available to you any time you want it by internalizing the good. Mindfulness and taking in the best experiences can actually rewire your brain. But hey, don’t take my word for it, the brain is plastic and malleable. In fact, those who meditate consistently actually physically change their brains for the better, as research has clearly shown.

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