Satisfaction. Contentment. Happiness. Ideals that we are all long for. We are always searching for the next big thing, next phase of life, or next goal. What if we stop the searching and choose to see the contentment in this moment? Would life come to a halt?
Lately it has been raining for days on end. I usually hate the rain. I get annoyed with my clothes getting wet and admittedly, I suck at driving in the rain. But one thing I do love about the rain is listening to the sound it makes as it hits the roof. There is nothing more soothing. On Sunday, I was sitting on my couch and I found myself listening to this sound. I had my white pumpkin candle burning and I was cuddled in my favorite blanket and in that moment time stood still. I was overcome with the thought, ” in this moment I am really happy”. I was so satisfied with this feeling of peace. I wasn’t worrying about what else I “should” be doing, I wasn’t preoccupied with thoughts of tomorrow or yesterday, and I wasn’t making plans for the next 5 years of my life (which I am doing most days). I was happy here and now.
Unfortunately, I could not sit in that one spot for the entirety of the day. Normal pace of life took back over and I began catching up on things around the house. But I did carry that sense of contentment around for the remainder of the day. I would smile periodically and think how satisfied I was with being warm and cozy in my home.
These small moments have a vast impact on our mental health. Taking pause of worry and concern for the future is important. Stopping the thoughts of the past is important. We must be here in this moment, now. This is the only moment we have. Being still for short periods of time and existing without any preoccupation is not only necessary, but it gives us clarity to continue throughout the day. When we focus on the now we release anxiety, fear, and expectation.
Today I hope that you will find a moment to pause, take a deep breathe, and focus on the feelings of satisfaction you encounter. That may be a moment of appreciation for the song that popped up on your playlist, it may mean that you pause your thoughts and focus on the sound of your children laughing, or perhaps you stop and listen to the rain drops pitter pattering on your roof. Whatever comes your way today, I hope that you find it satisfying.