Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness means to be aware, to be mindful, so that we do not get lost in regrets about the past, worries about the future, and we make ourselves fully available to be in the present moment. Mindfulness allows us to release our worries and anxieties, calm our nervous system, and create a container in which we can observe ourselves and our difficulties so as to transform suffering and create joy.

To be mindful, simply means to pay full attention to what we are doing, to not be swept by our habitual thinking patterns, to be fully present. We start by being mindful/aware of our breathing. Breathin in, I know that I am breathing in, breathing out, I know that I am breathing out. This simple awareness of in breath and out breath, immediately creates the space for healing, for dissolving suffering and pain, and for experiencing joy.

Because mindfulness is like a muscle that gets stronger with use, we have many exercises that we can use throughout the day to strengthen our energy of mindfulness, such as sitting meditation, walking meditation, eating meditation, listening to the bell (or the telephone), etc.

The Four Immeasurables

May all beings enjoy happiness and the root of happiness.
May we be free from suffering and the root of suffering.
May we not be separated from the great happiness that is devoid of suffering.
May we dwell in the great equanimity, free from passion, aggression and prejudice.