Life's secret is mindfulness. A mindful existence is one filled with calm, tranquillity, joy, bliss, ecstasy, and compassion. It is our direct line of communication with the Universe. It is the solution that we as humans have been seeking outside of ourselves since the dawn of the modern era. The simple practice of mindfulness has been around for thousands of years; sadly, most people reject this way of life in favor of more complex and sophisticated ideas or approaches. Unfortunately, this external trip never ends. There are many people and texts out there who complicate and overanalyze mindfulness. Our ego appears to be built to complicate even the simplest solutions. Mindfulness is intended to be a simple yet meaningful way of life. This solution focuses on the present moment, allowing us to live true lives.
So, what exactly is mindfulness, and how do you put it into practice in your life? Mindfulness is a type of meditation or simply being aware of the present moment. There are numerous types of meditation; however, we will concentrate on mindfulness meditation, which appears to be the most practical and pure meditative activity. Mindfulness implies actively participating in each moment as it unfolds while remaining fully aware of your current situation. When practicing mindfulness, life just exists in the Here and Now. The experience we have is genuine and untainted. Mindfulness is a "real" meditation that you can practice at any time of day or night. There is no need to retreat to a private location because mindfulness may be practiced everywhere and at any moment, regardless of what is going on around you.
Instead of giving you a single rigorous definition of mindfulness, a few but brief definitions derived from the wisdom of diverse mindfulness experts and practitioners are offered below.
Mindfulness meditation is defined by the best-selling author Jon Kabat-Zinn, as "paying attention in a certain way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally."
On the other hand, the authors Levey and Levey say that "mindfulness liberates us from memories of the past and fantasies of the future by bringing reality of the present moment fully into focus" and it "awakens us to life's ordinary miracles."
According to one of the earliest Buddhist writings, mindfulness is "attention to the present".
The author Stephen Levine says that mindfulness is a "moment to moment awareness of whatever happens, whatever exists".
And the meditation teacher and author Sylvia Boorstein, says that mindfulness is having "the conscious, balanced acceptance of one's current reality. It doesn't get any more complicated than that. It is accepting or opening to the current moment, pleasurable or unpleasant, as it is, without clinging to or rejecting it."
As you can see, these simple yet deep expressions and vocabulary vary, but they all have one thing in common: mindfulness means being entirely and fully present for life. It is being aware of what is happening within and around you at all times during your extraordinary existence. We simply practice nonjudgmental awareness, accepting our thoughts and emotions just as they are.
As you may have suspected, mindfulness is a simple yet effective approach to live our life. It is as simple as being right here, right now, immersing your entire being in the current moment and truly experiencing life. That's all! It really is that simple. It is not necessary to overthink, intellectualize, or complicate the concept of mindfulness. Of course, our ego will try to divert us in whatever way it can, but do not let it. Recognize your ego's presence, accept it, and then dismiss it calmly. Simply being alert is all there is to it. While there are many more advanced explanations on this topic available for you to study further if you like, what has been explained here is the simple and pure essence of mindfulness meditation.
As you continue your path of mindful living, or if you are just starting out, it is recommended that you immerse yourself in the ocean of Now and become intimately acquainted with the joy of what is currently in front of you. "When eating, eat, and when walking, walk," the Zen tradition says.
Are you present right now? If you haven't already, focus and enjoy the bliss and ecstasy of the eternal now. Have fun on your adventure!