Almost everyone can develop Mindfulness. We have a powerful and natural resource promoting well-being, deep within all of us. This faculty, usually remains dormant but can be developed by anyone interested in taking an active role in their own well-being, irrespective of age, background, belief system or previous experience. By becoming aware we are increasingly able to respond to life in more appropriate ways and less subject to reacting purely from the knee jerk of our old habits. The ability to respond instead of reacting, really changes life and enhances our experience of living.
The simple truth is that when we practice Mindfulness on a daily basis, we and by extension others, benefit greatly. Stress levels decrease and the sense of well-being grows. We practice as we go about our daily lives, being aware of what is happening whilst it is happening with a sense of open curiosity and by taking time out to meditate. Both these activities develop our capacity for Mindfulness. Over time this approach becomes a way of being rather than an ‘add on’ that we do.
We become happier and more resilient. Mindfulness is only truly transformative when we bring an attitude of kindness and warmth to the practice. Beneficial change in this way, not only helps ourselves but everyone and everything we come into contact with. Through Mindfulness we develop our natural ability to be fully aware of what is happening as it is happening. We consciously practice being totally present in a friendly, open and curious way; directly engaged with the moment-to-moment flow of life without preference. When we practice living in this way for at least part of the day, every day, real change can be felt and experienced not only for ourselves but affecting those we relate to as well.
Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.-Mother Teresa
The faculty of awareness is just as important as precise, keen, critical thinking for our well-being. We may think we are aware and that it is a regular given; something in our lives that happens anyway, but when we look closely we realize that this is far from the truth. Mostly our thoughts are caught up with the past or the future; we see that our attention is only partly in the present.
Mindfulness allows us to engage fully with our life as we are living it. The benefits of being present to life are immense. Because we are developing an open friendly attitude, compassion for ourselves and others grows. This in turn increases our ability to turn towards and acknowledge the universal, complex and often challenging and even messy business of being human. This results in developing resilience and our capacity to engage with life from the compassionate position of strength, kindness and wisdom. Being in touch in this way, living authentically in the moment, life takes on a different quality – recognizing each moment as having value, that is vivid and rich.
The real meditation is how you live your life
As Always, Rekah.
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