During the holiday seasons there can be feelings that you ‘should’ be feeling one way or the other way; because it is a holiday perhaps
Mindfulness Breathing Space: The Pleasant
The Pleasant (13 mins) – By Chris Cheung
Tendency towards the negative
So, they say we have a tendency to turn towards the negative. A natural consequence of our need to survive. To be more cautious than carefree. This means, especially in the busyness of our every day life, that we can miss the more pleasant things as well; those things in our experience – small conversations, acts of kindness, the nature around us – that can bring joy and happiness.
Raising the general level of happiness
So this practice is designed to help you draw your attention towards things which are more pleasant in your life. Within your body, within your breath and within your experience. By doing this we can get into the habit of doing this on a daily basis and this can help us to raise the general levels of our happiness in our life.
Acknowledging the landscape of our experience
This does not mean that we ignore the negative things in our life. In fact in the practice also acknowledges the unpleasant; the areas of tension, the aches and pains. And by doing this we experience the true landscape of what we are experiencing within the moment. But by inclining our mind towards the pleasant we are exercising our intention to turn towards what we want to and realising that we can.
The effort required for freedom
We realise that this practice takes effort. While the slipping into negativity seems to take less energy and often happens out of unawareness – part of our automatic pilot. ‘Turning towards’ anything takes a deliberate act. One that gets easier the more we practice, one that provides us with increasing space to make more skillful choices.