Interesting comment from David Helfgott, the Australian concert pianist, about mindfulness. When still quite young, Helfgott was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and spent time in mental institutions. He said:
‘My experiences in mental institutions taught me to live in the moment. Without doing that, I don’t think I would have got through my time there. These experiences also taught me patience, as one does not have control over anything.’
Learning to accept what we cannot change (Chapt 4 : Acceptance) makes it easier to live in the Now, rather than resisting it endlessly in our minds. The present moment is the only reality.