Sometimes, you’re just in the right place at the right time, angels smile down on you, a few pieces get moved around a chessboard, and you discover you are one of those pieces in this funny old world. And that’s when you find yourself sitting on an airplane, two rows behind His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

If you’re not practicing mindfulness during regular daily activities, you may miss out on life’s little treats like this. Building awareness through the practice of mindfulness opens the door to noticing life within us and around us. It’s not just the awe-inspiring moments of synchronicity described below, but it’s also the joy we experience when we are really aware of, and appreciate, the present moment.


Mindfulness teaches us how to make the most of being in the present, in the here and now. I’ve posted a few thoughts on mindfulness and will be writing more about useful techniques on how to truly live in the present — the only moment that really exists.

In the meantime, here’s how my serendipitous moment unfolded …