Yes, I know, given my practice nothing should trouble me as I have embraced all aspects of my being and experience … past, present, and future. But the fact is that things do still occasionally trouble me as I am not mindful 24/7.
The other day I was in such a negative space and became aware that I was not taking pleasure in the moment. At that point, I immediately brought myself to the present, watched my breath, and became aware of all the wonderful things going on around me to take pleasure in … especially the beauty and wonder of nature. And so my mood was changed from one of dejection or slight depression, to being aware of all that the present moment offered to take pleasure in.
Since that day, I have been able to more consistently take pleasure in each moment, regardless what is occurring. And that has made a real difference in how I experience myself and the world around me. I have offered myself joy. I have been good to myself.