Quote: “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
I relate the concept of mindfulness to a painter viewing a blank canvas. With no judgments, you become completely aware of your thoughts and emotions. No past or future thought can interfere with the calm you possess when practicing mindfulness. This doesn’t mean erasing these thoughts, or achieving some state of complete ecstasy. I like to look it as observation without the distraction of trying to process what you’re observing. You acknowledge the pain in your body, the sensation of your hand touching your leg, the thoughts that cross your mind as you let them pass—without trying to change or force anything. We all have the ability to be mindful and of course there are many benefits to this that can help you on your daily journey if this becomes a lifestyle for you, such as helping you to better understand your pain, reduce stress, cut all the bran chatter, and better connect with the people and the environment around you—but enhancing natural ability still requires time and practice. Mindfulness is available to us in every moment but I encourage you to set some time aside whenever possible, daily if you can, to get comfortable, limit distractions, focus on your breathing, and what you’re experiencing; allow yourself to be aware of your mind, body, and soul, with no attempt to chase peace or control an outcome. Just be mindful.
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