If our hearts are small, the smallest incidents from others can enrage us. If we expand our hearts, we are capable of treating others with compassion and empathy. But I have to be careful not to be taken advantage of because of how easy I can forgive others for their mistakes, I have to make sure my self-respect is intact despite the fact that I can see the bigger picture of why people are failing.
In addition, happiness can't be attained by fulfilling superficial desires. Happiness can be attained by being mindful. Take walking and breathing. If you focus your attention on every single movement of your body and forget your eventual destination and the reason you’re trying to get there, you’ll begin to understand what happiness is. Same with noticing your breathing. When you focus on your breath your heart rate will slow down immediately. And give yourself caring kindness with each breath you are taking, there does not have to be a reason why you are sending yourself caring kindness, just do it. Mindfulness is about experiencing and appreciating the present moment. When we’re attentive to the present, we begin to notice how much beauty there is in the world. We can appreciate the joys of something as simple as a blossoming flower or a bumble bee.
My name is Annica Johansson and I am a Career and Talent Coach. I am writing about personal development, daily musings, spirituality and depicting mother nature's amazing beauty.