Living predominantly in a “conceptual reality” often leads to uneasiness, anxiety and stress. And whereas it is important to stay in touch with what’s happening in the world, one shouldn’t listen to too much bad news or watch too much negative TV. Our unhappiness is firmly rooted in the conceptual worlds we create for ourselves.
In his simple English: “don’t invite into your mind the future which is not here yet, and don’t hang on to the past which is already gone”. The trick is to balance ones mental world with a healthy dose of direct experiences – those we can only get though our senses like mindfully seeing something beautiful, tasting something great, spending time with someone special, and thinking about the future or past.
Our senses allows us to experience the only realty we have, and has no ability to think or judge anything by themselves. We do that with our minds. And we should watch out for how we think about life. By simply contemplating the good things one has right now with a genuine sense of gratitude, without conceptualising the future or past, it is possible to improve ones sense of happiness. counting ones blessings as they say! Being mindful of the current moment and appreciating the freedom life offers us to express ourselves are the foundations of a great day.