This is not the same as being happy when something good happens to us. Rather, it’s just taking pleasure in the moment, wherever that is, whatever that is. Bottom line, it’s being grateful for being alive.
This morning when I meditated on death (see my post, “Death and Life”), I was reminded again that not only is death nothing to fear, but that we should live each day to the fullest, as a Buddhist would, as if it were our last.
When I wrote that post years ago, I noted that most people, when they know that death is approaching and say they want to live life to the fullest for their remaining days, it means fulfilling all of their desires, their bucket list. But for a Buddhist, it means to fulfill our purpose in life, which is to offer ourselves and others joy. (See my posts, “Offer Myself Joy!” and “How to Offer Others Joy.”)
No moment in life should pass by wasted, meaning that we don’t take pleasure in the moment, that we don’t find a way to offer ourselves or others joy in the moment. Each morning we should commit ourselves to experiencing that day as if we knew it were our last and take pleasure in each moment. Savor it.
Whether it’s the pleasure of someone’s company, whether it’s observing nature, whether it’s just being quiet with oneself, whether it’s offering others joy … there is not a moment in our existence in which we cannot derive pleasure if we are not in the control of our ego-mind. No moment should be viewed as boring. And even in the direst of circumstances, we can at a minimum take pleasure in who we are, in our true Buddha nature, in knowing that regardless what is done to us, no one can take our purity and our goodness away from us. (See my post, “When Really Bad Things Happen.”)
So adopt the intent to take pleasure in each moment. If you do, you have a greater chance of stopping the spin your ego-mind is putting on your life, and be aware instead of the pleasure presented in the moment.