Welcome to Mindfully Catherine, an online series of articles sharing my thoughts and experiences after studying in Chiang Mai, Thailand last semester.
If you haven’t read it yet, you should check out From The Land Of Smiles, the online series I wrote while in Thailand. I shared a lot about life abroad, including my day–to-day experiences, the amazing places I visited, things I ate and people I met.
However, it wasn’t the crazy nights in Bangkok or the flying to Australia for spring break that made me feel as though I was living my life to the fullest. It was learning to be in the moment, wherever I was.
Living your life to the fullest doesn’t mean traveling constantly or living in a new and exotic place. It can be done right here, right now by being grounded in the present.
This is because our lives are a series of moments and we can be thinking about something that has already happened or dreaming about the future, but we’ll miss the moment we’re in.
Maybe it’s a human thing that we spend so much time in nostalgia or excitement about something to come. But it’s also natural to reside in the present, that place where consciousness and energy touch, where we can fully be.
While I had an incredible experience in Thailand and wouldn’t trade it for the world, I can honestly say I am happy to be back on campus in Dayton, OH. It’s where I am right now and that’s all that matters.
I want to leave you with this – stay grounded in the present… wherever you are, however you feel… because this moment is your life.
Enjoy it, and look out for my next post!
Photos courtesy of Catherine Sheehan.