The art of mindfulness


“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” ~ James Baraz

In your mind, visualize yourself in a typical zone of your day-to-day life. Think of the same routes traversed every week, or perhaps every day; the moments accustomed to; the identical tasks almost robotically done. Now imagine your entire life frozen in time. You are amid one of these very familiar moments.

Unperturbed, you look around. To your left and right are the people you know, the activities you regularly partake in, the things you value and the others you dismiss, and the thoughts invariably playing through your head, all religiously following the daily regimen of your life. But what happens when you swivel…

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