Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment, non judgmentally, with awareness, on purpose. So often in our lives, we find ourselves thinking of the past, or racing ahead with thoughts of the future that we find ourselves missing out on the present moment — which really is all we have. How wonderful would it be to be fully present in the moment with a loved one? To fully connect to the joy of being alive?
It’s all possible through mindfulness.
so How do you practice mindfulness?
Mindfulness can be learned, practiced, and cultivated through various techniques. The beauty of mindfulness is that you can practice it anywhere!
I am someone who struggles with mindfulness. It doesn’t come naturally! But my daily practice of mindfulness has helped me immensely. Here are some useful methods to practice mindfulness:
One method is by focusing on your in-breaths and out-breaths. When you breathe in, recognize it is your in breath. With you breathe out, recognize it is your outbreath. Focus your mind on your breath. Enjoy your breath, savor it. Don’t force it into anything other than what it is. I like to say, “breathing in, I know I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know I am breathing out.” You can practice saying what helps you feel calm and connected to your breath.
Awareness of your body
Another way to practice mindfulness is to focus on your body on your in-breaths and out-breaths. As you breathe in, become aware of your body. Feel the peace and harmony throughout your mind and body.
Below are some mindfulness quotes which capture some of its beauty and power in our lives. There is a wisdom that comes with mindfulness. Try it out and share any of your thoughts or what has helped for you in the comments below.
“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.”
– Thích Nhất Hạnh, author of The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
“Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.”
– Thích Nhất Hạnh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
“The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another.”
– Jack Kornfield, No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are
“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.”
– Pema Chödrön, How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
― Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices
“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.”
― Amit Ray, Mindfulness Living in the Moment - Living in the Breath
“Look at other people and ask yourself if you are really seeing them or just your thoughts about them.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are
“The way to live in the present is to remember that ‘This too shall pass.’ When you experience joy, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ helps you savor the here and now. When you experience pain and sorrow, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ reminds you that grief, like joy, is only temporary.”
– Joey Green
In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.”
– Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
“I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred. I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise, you will miss most of your life.”
“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.”
– Louis L’Amour
“All you really need to do is accept this moment fully. You are then at ease in the here and now and at ease with yourself.”
– Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
“The habit of spending nearly every waking moment lost in thought leaves us at the mercy of whatever our thoughts happen to be. Meditation is a way of breaking this spell.”
– Sam Harris, Waking Up
“There are two types of seeds in the mind: those that create anger, fear, frustration, jealousy, hatred and those that create love, compassion, equanimity and joy. Spirituality is germination and sprouting of the second group and transforming the first group.”
– Amit Ray
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
– Henry David Thoreau, Walden
“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.“
– Masaru Emoto, The Hidden Messages in Water
“Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that.”
–Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living
“You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.”
– Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
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