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A blog about mindfulness, stress-reduction, psychotherapy and mental health.

Recognize How Precious Your Life Is

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Aug 3rd 2012

butterflyIn everyone life’s at some point or another we get woken up to a reality that no one want’s to see. Someone gets sick with cancer, another has a close brush with death or someone close to us dies. This isn’t meant to be a somber post and check your automatic reaction or aversion to that reality. This is meant to wake us up to the fact that each day is truly a gift and is precious like the life of a butterfly. 

Someone I know recently told me a recent experience of his that brought up the thought, “Don’t look for moments of joy, look for joy in the moment.” 

We’re a culture that’s so busy looking for happiness; it’s as if we’re looking in the wrong place for it. It’s not something that is somewhere else, it’s always been right here. 

The Vietnamese Buddhist Monk says, “There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.” In other words, there is good here right now, in this moment, we just have to open our minds, hearts and eyes and ask ourselves, “Where is the good right now?” 

It’s too easy for life to become routine and to stop seeing the wonder all around us. 

How can we create a practice that starts priming our mind toward the preciousness of life before the all-too-common tragic events that often wake us up to this truth? 

The secret is in seeing the spaces of awareness in our lives and recognizing that we are all a blip on this planet and we have no idea how long this journey will be. 

I remember years ago when I first read through Richard Carlson’s book, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff--and it's all small stuff, although it was a simple book it helped prime my mind to what truly mattered in life. However, the reality is, unless we’re intentionally putting into practice some daily way of reminding ourselves of life’s preciousness we’ll become victim to the brain’s inclining toward automaticity. 

We’ll likely get hooked into the small stuff and even ruminate on it as if it really mattered. 

Make the choice today to intentionally open up to the truth in life that it’s precious, a rare gift that may only come once. 

Choose to be aware of the struggles of the world and incline your mind toward the good. 

As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.  

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

Check out Dr. Goldstein's acclaimed CD's on Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and RelapsePrevention, and Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work. -- "They are so relevant, I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients" ~ Psychiatrist.

If you're wanting to integrate more mindfulness into your daily life, sign up for his Mindful Living Twitter Feed. Dr. Goldstein is also available for private psychotherapy.

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