“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience… It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.”
If I could go back in time and tell a much younger self any particular habit to pick up and foster, it would be the practice of mindfulness. It isn’t the technique, the app, the teacher, or anything else external. It is simply the intentional curation of an ability to pause and reflect on the beauty of every moment regardless of the external context or label that I seek to apply.
Life is precious and filled with unbelievable experiences, some pleasant, some not so much. Having the capacity to pause, see, enjoy, reflect and learn, at the moment, not after, is incredibly liberating. Understanding and applying the question “is this useful?” has been quite liberating. The good news is that mindfulness is a lifelong practice, and I am merely glad that I discovered it in time.
If you are interested in getting started check out these resources. These are a tiny sample of what is out there, but I found them to be a great place to start.