The short term benefit to a life changing experience

Whether it is a near death experience, holding your child for the first time or simply rappelling off cliff…

Everything slows down.

For a while, you can hear the trees, the food tastes finer, the music sounds better…

Of course, the trees have been wrestling this whole time. The food or music isn’t all of sudden better.

You are just more mindful of your surroundings.

And

You’re carrying an attitude of gratitude.

Mindfulness and gratitude are a choice. A choice we can make every day. You don’t need a near death experience to adopt this practice. But those types of moments do remind us to stop and smell the roses.