The road that leads to a peaceful life begins and ends in the present moment. You can be mindful that you’re thinking about something in the past or future, but you can never actually be there.
When a practice of mindfulness is in place it’s to allow the present moment to be experienced. Being mindful of what’s actually happening as opposed to being pulled around by it or pushing it away and applying a label to what’s happening, is what will dictate the amount of peace there is in one’s life. Life is magical in its essence, but there’s nothing magical in one becoming aware of this. All roads that lead to a peaceful life begin and end in the present moment and a mindfulness practice will assist in this.
Take a step and be mindful of it, now take another and be mindful, this is also an anchor as is the breath to be present. One can not be mindful of something in the past or future. You can be mindful that you’re thinking about something in the past or future, but you can never actually be there. Every step or breath can only be taken as it is happening. The more one becomes mindful of this, the more anchored one becomes in the actuality of the body being in the present moment as opposed to grasping for straws in the story of what’s going on between your ears. Be mindful of reading this and then be mindful of what arises, just be with it, no pulling or pushing, just be mindful of what’s happening. It is in this space of mindfulness that you will find peace and this is because in this space it’s the only thing that’s there.