This post was written by Leo Babauta, originally for Zen Habits. Republished here with permission.
In our rush to get through the tasks of our day, to complete our errands and answer emails, to look at the next video or link we find … when do we think we’ll find happiness? If it’s not here right now, when will it come? Here’s how to practice slowness and be present.
How to Practice Slowness and Be Present
Maybe we think it’ll come when we improve our lives, or meet our goals, or succeed at our business, or finish our college degree. Maybe it’ll come when we go on that next trip, or when we find time to relax. Maybe tomorrow.
Or we could try this:
* Slow down instead of rushing.
* Pause to savor the current moment.
* Really notice everything about the moment, and find small things to appreciate.
* Be grateful for what there is right here, right now.
* Allow the things that are bothering you to just be in your life, without fighting with them, without pushing them away.
* Don’t allow little things to offend you. They’re not worth ruining this moment.
Let the beauty of this moment wash over you like a warm foamy wave.
These are all things we already know. But we don’t actually do them. The key here is practice.
If you don’t practice being present, slowing down, enjoying the moment right now, when will you practice? What are you practicing now instead?
Start your practice this moment.
‘When you live completely in each moment, without expecting anything, you have no idea of time.’ ~Shunryu Suzuki