Mindfulness Matters

by meditative - July 27th, 2015

Dont turn away… there is an open invitation here & now to awaken from our dream of bewilderment.

Mindfulness is a relatively simple concept, but not easy to practice. It’s an ancient Buddhist practice which has profound relevance for our present day lives.This relevance has nothing to do with Buddhism, or with becoming a Buddhist, but it has everything to do with waking up in harmony with a clearer understanding and deeper compassion for both our inner and outer worlds. It has to do with closely examining who we are, and with questioning our view of the world and our place in it.

Mindfulness is about cultivating some appreciation for the fullness of each moment we are alive. Most of all, it has to do with being in touch or connected to one’s self and to the world in which one lives.The practice of mindfulness meditation helps us to wake up to living our lives and the moments in our lives more fully, and to access the full spectrum of our conscious and unconscious possibilities.

The collective experience and wisdom from those who have practiced this discipline for centuries have come to realize and suggest that by investigating inwardly of our own nature as beings, and particularly the nature of our own minds through careful and systematic self-observation we may be able to live lives of greater satisfaction, harmony, and wisdom.

Fundamentally, mindfulness is a simple concept. Its power lies in its practice and its applications. Mindfulness is this present moment awareness cradled with intention, openness, and compassion. It’s a quality of attention that nurtures greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance of present moment reality. It wakes us up to the fact that our lives unfold only in moments. If we are not fully present for many of those moments,we may not only miss what is most valuable in our lives, but also fail to realize the richness and the depth of our possibilities for growth and transformation.

Mindfulness helps us to recalibrate our minds and to reconnect with our innate wisdom and vitality. It’s a way to take charge of the direction and the quality of our own lives, including our relationships within the family… our work… our world… and most fundamentally our relationship with our self as a human being. The key to this path is an appreciation for the present moment, and the cultivation of an intimate relationship with it through a continual attending to it with care and discernment.

It’s the art of awakening to the nature of one’s authentic self connected to a world with infinite possibilities unfolding… moment to moment.

In practice, we are simply drawing forth what naturally exists in us all…