It’s a beautiful day…being here, now

Today’s message is very simple…it really is a beautiful day. It’s Easter and happens to also be my mother’s birthday (happy birthday Mom!).

I’ve recently been reading about mindfulness and being present. We can’t fix the past, we can’t predict the future, but we can appreciate the moment we have, right here, right now.

An enlightening article The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment,” tells us that we can reap many benefits from living mindfully. (Psychology Today, Jay Dixit).

“Mindfulness reduces stress, boosts immune functioning, reduces chronic pain, lowers blood pressure, and helps patients cope with cancer. By alleviating stress, spending a few minutes a day actively focusing on living in the moment reduces the risk of heart disease. Mindfulness may even slow the progression of HIV.

Mindful people are happier, more exuberant, more empathetic, and more secure. They have higher self-esteem and are more accepting of their own weaknesses. Anchoring awareness in the here and now reduces the kinds of impulsivity and reactivity that underlie depression, binge eating, and attention problems. Mindful people can hear negative feedback without feeling threatened. They fight less with their romantic partners and are more accommodating and less defensive. As a result, mindful couples have more satisfying relationships.”

It’s a perfect 65 degrees out, the sun is shining, and the promise of renewal that spring holds abounds. And I intend to enjoy every moment of it.

The good news for today is that it’s a beautiful day. So go enjoy and celebrate!

Related links:
Psychology Today, 5 Steps to Being Present
It’s a beautiful day (U2 song with lyrics on YouTube)

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