Awareness is the secret of life and the heart of mindfulness.
Every moment in life is absolute in itself. It is all that there is. There is nothing other than this present moment; there is no past, there is no future; there is nothing but this. So when we don’t pay attention to each little moment like this, we miss all of it, we miss the point. Missing the moment misses the point.
It doesn’t matter what the contents of the moment are, each moment is absolute, it is this. Even when doing the little things like washing the dishes, chopping an onion, or taking a walk, if we are not aware we are not present, and we are missing out on this moment.
This moment is all that there is, and all there ever will be. This is the moment that counts. If we miss not just this one moment, but one moment after another, we've lost our path forward and can not live in peace and joy.