The practice of coming to stillness and being centered requires tremendous courage. I think this is why people are so impressed when I tell them I have a meditation practice. I could never do that, they say. Do what? I wonder. Because when I sit and try to meditate, the truth is that I am doing nothing.
MINDFULNESS is an awareness of the present moment, as it is, not as you prefer it to be, with openness, curiosity and compassion. Mindfulness allows you to develop a more constructive relationship with your thoughts and feelings. Think of the way a meteorologist observes the weather: It’s cloudy, windy and mild with morning sprinkles and snow developing in the afternoon.—not The rain is going to ruin your hair and the snow will undoubtedly make your commute miserable and you’ll probably be late AGAIN. We simply notice what is occurring.
MEDITATION is not about ambition. It is about intention. It is not about doing it right or being the best or even about becoming enlightened. It is about sitting in stillness for some time every day. That’s all. Now, see what happens.