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Become Mindful And Be In The Present Moment

Becoming Mindful

Mindfulness is often a phrase we often hear nowadays. What does this mean? Mindfulness, in short, means 'dwelling fully in the present moment, or becoming aware of what is going on within and around us at the present moment'. Mindfulness, if you're wondering whether it is a newly coined word, has been taught and practiced since the time of Buddha.

Mindfulness is not judging, reflecting or even thinking. Mindfulness simply means observing the moment in which you find yourself.
Mindfulness is moment-to-moment awareness. It is acknowledging and accepting life's experiences in each new moment whether it is pleasant or painful. It is embracing all aspects about yourself and the life around you. It is being in reality, seeing life as it is; as opposed to how we think it is, or think it should be. This doesn't mean you take a fatalistic, or apathetic view of life, just the opposite, it means you embrace life fully and act compassionately to transform the things you can, accept the things you can't and ask for the wisdom to know the difference.

This is because everything we perceive in life through our five senses is impermanent, and constantly changing, including our thoughts. It is our ignorance, our resistance, our inability or unwillingness to be open, be receptive, to acknowledge, accept and adjust to this constantly changing stream of experiences that causes stress in our lives, and chronic stress causes illness. Instead of taking appropriate action moment to moment, we tend to unconsciously react according to our past conditioning or future intentions. We tend to see life through the filter of our past experiences, and because of these painful and fearful memories, we unconsciously avoid the unpleasant experiences of life and hold onto the pleasant ones for security or completely deny our experience altogether. To become a complete person, every feeling, either 'good' or 'bad,' positive or negative must be experienced.

So how do you become mindful? One simple (but not necessarily easy) way is to 'watch your breath,' like how they practice in many Buddhist monasteries. With the help of conscious breathing - breathing and knowing we are breathing - we are able to touch and be nourished by the peace and joy that are available within and around us, here and now. If your mind starts to wonder, allow it. Don't force or control to become mindful. Relax and be patient. When you are relaxed, mindfulness becomes easier. With continued practice, we shall touch and understand the roots of the pain that lie deep within us, such as fear, anger, despair, thus making transformation and healing possible.



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