Excerpt from “INTERBEING”, Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness makes life real, deep, and worth living. It helps us be in the here and now where true life can be encountered. It helps us get in touch with refreshing and healing elements within and around us. While practicing this, we plant and water the seeds of joy, peace, and understanding in us; the seeds that have the power to modify and transform the pain and afflicting in us. It is not solely by touching these afflictions directly that we can heal them. Often these afflictions and pain can be transformed just because of the presence of the positive seeds that we plant and water in our daily life by the practice of mindful living.
In the Pali Canon, the term ditha dhamma sukha vihari is often used. It means to dwell happily in the present moment, in this very life. If we are not happy and joyful in our practice, it will become weak. Joy and happiness nourish our practice and make it stronger. If our practice does not transform our life and bring us joy, if we are not able to bring joy to others and to understand them, we are not practicing correctly. The wonders of the universe are revealed to us in the meditation on interdependence. We can see that for one thing to exist, everything else also needs to exist. “This is, because that is”.