During his talk at the Google headquarters in fall of 2011, the great Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hahn, spoke to his audience about the importance of savoring even the most mundane moments in our lives. He says that the most profound gift that you can give yourself and to those you love is presence–being mindful of what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. Touching life in the present moment will not only bring you a sense of freedom, he says, but also happiness.
My takeaway from this video was this: being conscious of every waking moment you have will lead to you having a more enjoyable and joyful life. One should practice consciousness in order to understand the benefits of mindful living.
I’m starting to get that being patient and allowing myself to be happy in stillness has really alleviated my chronic anxiety in this transformative year. I’ll be taking the words of Thich Nhat Hahn to heart. And hope that you do too.