is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present
experience. It isn't more complicated than that.
It is opening to
or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant,
it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.
kind of painful to think of just how much time I've spent
on this planet without being aware of just how much beauty
and magic and love surrounded me. I've spent tons of
time worrying, fretting, focusing on the negative that
I've missed much of the positive and much of the
beautiful. It's a shame, but nowadays I do my best
to keep focused on my present moments so that I miss as
little as possible of the very good things in my life.
mindful is choosing to be aware of the present moment, as
it is. Mindfulness is the main reason for which I
almost never carry a cell phone with me--I want to be
mindful of my present moments, and not have some call rip
my attention away from what's going on in my life right
here and right now.
things aren't completely positive, of course, but in those
cases mindfulness is also very helpful. When we look
our problems straight on we can understand them better and
deal with them more effectively. If we lose our
mindfulness and start wishing things were different, then
we lose the opportunity to learn from adversity and take
care of the problems that we have in our lives.
so easy to be thinking about that meeting in two
hours--and when we do, we miss the nice things around us
now. The meeting will take care of itself as long as
we're prepared, so let's focus on the preparation now
instead of thinking about the meeting later. The
goal is to be fully immersed in what we're doing at the
moment, even if that entails preparing for later of fixing
something from the past (e.g., apologizing for something
we said yesterday). Be mindful, be present, and be