“The hardest part of any journey is taking the first step”.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a type of meditation that essentially involves focusing the mind in the present moment. Both Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and author Eckhart Tolle say that when we practice mindful living and learn to live in the now, it is then we can discover true peace and joy.
When we can be in this peaceful state we have a more balanced platform from which we can view life and our problems can often begin to dissolve. We can be holding on so tightly to a belief about ourselves that we are not letting anything else in and not allowing our emotions to flow naturally. For example if we formed an unconscious opinion when we were young that we were better off “going it alone” we may find that we attract similar kinds of situations throughout life. We may discover though that it is now holding us back in relationships or in project work where “going it alone” is not the desired outcome.
It may be only when we become finally mindful about a situation, slow down our mind and consider the energy of it, that we can see the truth and allow ourselves “receive” in ways that our healthy for us and necessary to manifest and fulfil our dreams and goals.
Minding Our Energy
We can waste a lot of our own energy everyday fighting with thoughts from our past and worrying about something that may or may not happen in our future. What this constant thinking does is scatter our energy in different directions; we can find we are stuck in the past or projecting our life into the future. What we are missing is the golden opportunity of the now, the point where change can happen.
We can also spend a lot of time chasing something we already have within us. We all have the seeds of joy and peace inside us; we may just have temporarily lost sight of them.
When we allow ourselves be mindful in life we allow ourselves tease out the truth of a situation, be objective about it and act accordingly. It also allows what is in the unconscious to come out and reveal itself.
Our Freedom Lives In Our Choices.
We always have choices in life. We don’t have to do what we did yesterday especially if it doesn’t serve us anymore.
If we are having a disagreement with someone and we want a fight, then we make a decision to sling mud, it is a choice and we have to accept the consequences. However the opposite of that is being mindful of the situation, breathing into it, allowing whatever comes up to just be without judgment. We can allow our body bring forth the truth of the story and when we do this, we become more in tune with this truth. We can learn to tune in to our body or to an area where a strong emotion is coming from. This can be a good indication of where our blocked energies are stored.
The Power is In the Now
One thing to remember is that the power is in the now, the present moment. When we allow ourselves be in the now we are not being held prisoner by thoughts around our past and we are free of dreaming and waiting for future events to rescue us.
Our actions today are creating our reality for tomorrow. When we practice mindful living we learn to realise that we have the tools inside us all the time. We don’t have to look outside for validation or for strength, we just need to have the courage to pick up each of the tools and use them to best serve ourselves in the now, this present moment.
We can make a conscious decision to change our story and one way we can do this is by beginning to practice mindfulness.
Small things that we change every day will improve the quality of our life. If we are not aware of our own happiness we cannot be happy.
We can allow our breath be a vehicle to bring us into the present. The act of conscious breathing is a simple, effective method of bringing yourself back to the here and now. You listen to your in breath and you listen to your out breath. You give your breath focused attention and you allow all the mind clatter to cease. Doing this simple exercise of conscious breathing can bring peace and calm as it connects us to the present moment where all is good.
Remember there is no way to peace, peace is the way. There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.
Until next time .. keep the faith,