In one of the practices of mindfulness, as I understand it, one strives to be aware of and experience everything, from the fragrance of one’s breakfast cereal to the sound of the locking the car door. It sounds kind of funny, but I actually enjoy noticing these things.
On a bigger scale, a professor of mine, when asked how he is doing often replies, “Just grateful to be alive.” He does it in such an amiable and genuine way that it often causes me to ponder about my own life. Almost every day for the past week, I have thought that mantra to myself, sometimes even spoken aloud to someone else. I’m just grateful to be alive today. Every day is another day we get to learn and grow and share with others. May we all find happiness and be free from suffering.