How often do you find yourself disengaging from the present moment? You’re going about the routine of your day and instead of being focused on the task at hand, you’re thinking about what’s next, or what’s happening tomorrow, or even a conversation that happened years ago. Mindfulness brings us back to the present moment.
“The Miracle of Mindfulness” is an introduction to meditation. It helps train and explain why it’s important to be in the present moment. The book starts with more simple meditation practices, from breathing awareness to washing the dishes, and builds to more complex meditation practices, such as contemplations on death.
When starting a meditation practice, it’s helpful to utilize a quiet space or arrange conditions to be practical for focusing on your practice. However, meditation or the act of being mindful, is practiced at all times. Starting out in the quiet can help you know what it feels like to be calm and breath and body aware, so you can then take the feeling anywhere.
For anyone interested in starting a meditation practicing, or enhancing their knowledge of meditation, I recommend “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh. I would also recommend getting the audiobook version to utilize the book as a guided meditation. Remember, life is not lived in the past or future, it’s in the here and now. Let us all be more mindful as we journey through.