Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. Mindfulness is an act of self-compassion because it means to be open to the reality of the present moment, and allow all thoughts, feelings, and sensations to enter our awareness without avoidance or resistance. We need to be able to acknowledge when we’re suffering in order to “be” with our pain long enough to respond with care and kindness.
Even when you have pain in your heart, you can enjoy the wonders of life through mindfulness. Mindfulness is a practice – to be entirely present in the simple wonders of everyday life: present to a sound, a sight, a touch. I recommend noticing simple things throughout the day – things that are always present in our life no matter what is going on – the sky, the plants and animals, the tree branches moving in the wind. Eckhart Tolle writes, “Many poets and sages throughout the ages have observed that true happiness – the joy of Being – is found in simple, seemingly unremarkable things.