Isn’t it strange how we are often unhappy no matter what we already have? Materially, we desire the lifestyles of others, their wealth or possessions, which we think will make our lives better. Buddha taught that this attachment to wanting is what creates human suffering. Remember that the past has already gone and is now history. The future is unknown and remains a mystery. This is why the gift is in the present.
Sit quietly and draw your attention to nothing but your breathing. As you breathe in deeply and then exhale, feel the air on the inside of your nostrils. Don’t think of anything else but the air and your slow breathing in and out. Do this for five minutes at first, gradually increasing to fifteen minutes. By practising regularly you will develop the Zen technique of being ‘in the now’. Enjoy your present!