The Gift of Being Present
When we are not dwelling in the past or chasing the future, it means we are here and now at this very moment, with our body and mind, meaning we do indeed live our life to the fullest. In our Eastern traditions, this state is called mindfulness.
The truth is that who we are at this time, the things we can do, and the people who are surrounding us are the main elements that have the ability to bring us happiness. These are all the presents that life has offered us. Whether we can receive them or not depends entirely on
our ability to be present in the moment to enjoy them.
So at this very moment and at this place, what are we doing? Let’s shed all life’s sorrows from
the past or worries of the future, so we can enjoy our family or friends - who are with us at this time – as well as the food served in front of us. Since eating is an important part of our
existence, let’s do it mindfully.
By consuming food mindfully we can enjoy the food more; we can also nurture our body and
mind with more energy from the same amount of food. Mindful eating can also translate into
further help in preserving the green resources that protect this dear blue planet we call home.
May we always be grateful for moments when we can dwell in the present, so we can truly enjoy life and the things it has to offer to the fullest?