Life is filled with obstacles, but many gurus in the past have been through these challenges and can help us with our journey. That’s why reading passages from old sages and mystics can be so valuable. I came across this amazing advice from Osho that I just had to share because it gets straight to the point of what a happy life entails. Check it out:
“That is the simple secret of happiness. Whatever you are doing, don’t let past move your mind; don’t let future disturb you. Because the past is no more, and the future is not yet. To live in the memories, to live in the imagination, is to live in the non-existential. And when you are living in the non-existential, you are missing that which is existential. Naturally you will be miserable, because you will miss your whole life.”
This statement echoes Eckhart Tolle’s advice:
“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
The present moment is we all have. So the question is, how we can start living more in the now?
Here are 7 steps to mindful living:
1) Do one thing at a time.
Don’t multi-task. When you’re pouring water, just pour water. When you’r eating, just eat.
2) Do it slowly.
No need to rush anything. Make your actions deliberate, not rushed or random.
3) Do Less.
You can focus on what you’re doing slowly, completely and with more concentration.
4) Spend time doing nothing.
Sit in silence, and be aware of your thoughts. Don’t try to change or judge them. Just be.
5) When you’re talking to someone, be present.
Focus on what they’re saying, without judgement, and try to avoid thinking about anything else.
6) Eat slowly and savor your food.
There’s no joy in cramming your food down your throat. Really enjoy the tastes and textures of your meals so you can get the most out of it.
7) Savor every moment.
Intentionally focus on the sights and sounds around you. Tap into your senses.