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Be Here Now November 16, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Humor, Mindfulness.

The New York Times recently ran an article on mindfulness which supports the idea that remaining “present” in the moment adds to our happiness, while getting “lost in thought” (even pleasant daydreams) subtracts from it:

When the Mind Wanders, Happiness also Strays

The happiest people?

Those who remain in the moment . . . while having SEX!

Mindfulness allows us to “be” in the moment, focused on what is taking place right here, right now.

When we are mindful, we are “connected” to the present, and use that awareness to see, taste, smell, touch and hear what is being offered.

It involves bringing all our awareness and concentration to the task at hand, whether we are chopping wood, peeling an orange, reading Aristotle, writing an article, meditating, pondering the mysteries of the Universe, or . . . having SEX!

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1. Loreen Lee - November 16, 2010

As the Buddhists say: l. Mindfulness – what you think about and 2. Concentration – how you think about….. The best.

nrhatch - November 16, 2010

As I understand it, mindfulness and awareness (concentration on the task at hand) go hand in hand, no matter the task.

Being mindful of our thoughts involves (1) being aware of what thoughts are arising, then (2) choosing to focus on certain thoughts . . . while allowing other, less productive thoughts, to drift away.

2. Paula Tohline Calhoun - November 16, 2010

Then of course there a folks like me – whose now IS random stray thoughts and daydreams. . .:-D

nrhatch - November 16, 2010

The study found that, if we look down the street, 47% of the people we see aren’t “really there” . . . instead they are lost in their thoughts.

So, you’re in good company.

3. Cindy - November 16, 2010

A vague memory for me, now I cook. As Rodney Dangerfield said:

I’m at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I’ve just had a mirror put over my kitchen table.

Here, now!

nrhatch - November 16, 2010

Bwahaha! The last thing I want to do while eating is watch myself eating. 😉

4. Julie - November 16, 2010

Wow – if the New York Times reported it, it must be real. Haha. Seriously though, it’s good to see these ideas becoming more “mainstream.”

nrhatch - November 16, 2010

Especially these days . . . life comes at us so fast, bombarding us with information from TV, radio, cell phones, iPods, Twitter, etc.

We benefit when we learn to still the mind.

5. souldipper - November 16, 2010

Okay, Nancy, how about explaining how anyone’s mind can wander while having sex. Is that not an sexymoron?

Just Couldn’t Resist!!!

nrhatch - November 16, 2010

Love it! Sexymoron, indeed!

Only 10% admitted to mind wandering during sex . . . apparently to fantasize about having sex with other partners or in other positions. 😉

6. Brown Eyed Mystic - November 16, 2010

Lovely, nrhatch. I am thrilled to read those juicy tidbits you post every now and then. No fluff–only real stuff 😉 Haha sounds like an ad-jingle. Only difference is I mean it.


nrhatch - November 16, 2010

Thanks, BrownEyed!

So glad to see that your post and Ollin’s blog got Freshly Pressed! Hope you both gain lots of new fans. 🙂

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