Informal Mindfulness: How to Live a More Meaningful Life Today

Sometimes it feels like my own life is passing me by. I get so caught up in my To-Do List and anxiety about getting things done, that I forget to focus on actually living. To paraphrase Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, when you die, your inbox won’t be empty, and your To-Do List won’t be done. There will still be dirty dishes and unfinished laundry.

Buddhist monks often meditate on death. I admit that's not one of my favorite meditations to do. But the reason they do it is as a reminder of the importance of the present. If I'm spending my time trying to avoid or minimize anxiety, I'm really missing the life in front of me. Instead, we want to learn to focus on whatever is important or meaningful, right here, right now.