It takes a great deal of strength and courage to allow life to be as it is, and equal amounts of awareness to notice when we’re resisting the simple reality of our experience. Many of us resist as a matter of course. We’re trying to make things a certain way. We’re working, we’re efforting, we’re creating, or so we think. Sometimes, all of the effort and puzzling out gets in the way of life’s natural unfolding. We’re so busy trying to change or create, that we aren’t able to take in what’s right in front of us. We miss important information and enriching experiences. Mindfulness helps us slow down and be in the present moment so that we’re better able to take in and savor the goodness of life, and also to notice when opportunity is ripe. There’s less efforting and exertion when we surrender to the present and trust that all will be well.