“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.”
Much of the time we may be worrying about or planning for the future, or revisiting the past. Alternatively we can be on autopilot just reacting instinctively without awareness. Mindfulness is about tuning in to the present moment with awareness and attention and recognising and accepting the arising thoughts, feelings and distractions without getting involved in them. In this way we get to know our own mind more clearly and we gain insights into how we can be more calm, creative and effective.
We can apply mindfulness to many day to day situations. For example, mindful walking and mindful eating are enjoyable activities that we can practice many times every day.