When we put our minds to it, we see life’s pretty good for us all
Inever really understood the whole mindfulness thing – until this week.
I was sitting in a café with a troubled friend.
He barely touched his lunch as he recounted all the things that had gone wrong in his past, and all the people who were to blame.
When he wasn’t bemoaning the past he was fearing the future and what might happen if various people did various things.
I asked him to stop and tell me about the here and now.
He looked around. Then he described the estuary beyond the café wall, the reflection of the sky in the water, the wispy white clouds.
He was saying how delicious his lunch was when the waitress smiled at him.
His past might have been dreadful. His future scarily uncertain. But his here-andnow was fine.
Mind you, that’s how it is for most of us!