Living in the past is a contributor to depression. Living in the future is a contributor to anxiety. Mindfulness is the act of experiencing life in the present moment.
We were good at mindfulness when we were children, swinging at the nearby park, watching the clouds in the sky, playing night games in the neighborhood. We didn’t have much of a past to dwell on, the future we left to our parents. We need to recapture mindfulness now that we are adults, but how to do that?
We put aside concerns about our children, careers, school, work-lives, carpools, expenses, and relationships. We allow ourselves to be. We notice the beauty in the world. We notice our experience in our bodies. We don’t need extravagant moments, but rather simple joys. Times when we experience beauty and connection with family and the world. Times when we become lost in a beautiful song. Times when the presence of God is overwhelming.
We need to rush less and relax more, plan less and go with the flow more, stop with the electronics and start with a good book, stop watching so much TV and play with the kids or go out for desert with a friend. Enjoy the journey of life moment by moment. Experience the now, let the rest fall away.
Written from an article by Cindy Nichols Anderson, Ph.D., ABPP, Board Certified Clinical Child Psychologist