We don’t usually think of the moments of our lives as an opportunity to learn something valuable about ourselves. Instead, we often take them for granted and waste them on negative, unproductive thoughts.
Still, it is this present moment that matters the most.
If we value the moments of our lives, we won’t want to let any moment go by without having lived it as truthfully and authentically as we can.
Mindfulness, or elevated awareness, keeps us present and aware. It provides a pathway to experiencing an expansiveness that feels like we’re breathing along with all of nature. There’s no feeling of separateness. It reminds us that we’re here in this moment of “now” and that there’s no other moment than this one. Mindfulness provides us a healing balm that couldn’t be more timely or more necessary.
Here are some of the many ways that a daily Mindfulness practice helps us stay on the path of awareness:
Mindfulness connects us to our authentic selves. So often we’re caught up in going from one moment to the next, doing what we think we’re supposed to do or expected to do, while feeling unhappy doing it. We need to go inward and connect with more than just the person we project out to the world. Otherwise, we’ll continue living our lives superficially and impulsively, doing and saying things that don’t ring true.
Mindfulness serves as an inner barometer. Mindfulness is like having an inner truth barometer that goes off inside us and makes it almost impossible to not pay attention. If someone is suggesting that we should do something or be someone that we’re not, we get a signal loud and clear that no one can decide for us. We alone can determine our authenticity.
Mindfulness helps us to look within. A daily Mindfulness practice provides a mirror for our soul to look into. If we feel an impulse to be inauthentic, it shows us how falseness of any kind feels wrong with every fiber of our being. By being diligent in practicing Mindfulness, we allow ourselves to be fully present in every single emotion we’re feeling, even if it’s difficult or painful. It allows us to show up and experience all the moments of our lives as present, as accepting, and as real as we can be.
Mindfulness quiets our inner critic. When we practice Mindfulness, we’re not a harsh critic, but instead a constructive advisor. Much of our inner talk begins with, “I’m not,” or “I can’t,” or “I’ll never.” The authentic self knows exactly its strengths and weaknesses, but doesn’t define itself as inadequate, unqualified or anything that boxes it into limited beliefs. Mindfulness allows us to let go of self-criticism and awaken to acceptance and peace.
Mindfulness helps us process pain. For most of us, our pasts contain some unpleasant or painful memories. They’re a part of our lives. Still, it’s how we process those painful experiences and what we continue to tell ourselves about them that make a difference in how our past affects the present. Within the present moment, we can create a new memory in present time by navigating the present with neutrality and experiencing the past with acceptance. This doesn’t deny or diminish our pasts, but creates a new impression that helps us distance and desensitize ourselves from the unpleasant memory. We let ourselves choose to stay present instead of becoming influenced by hurtful memories that arise. It’s important to know that anything that’s happened to us in the past doesn’t define who we are in the present.
Mindfulness connects us with a sense of wholeness. When we allow ourselves to stop our busy-ness and devote time to connect to our authentic selves, we can experience a sense of non-separation, wholeness and completeness. We become aware of ourselves as spiritual beings, recognizing that which is worthy, divine and holy within each of us.
Mindfulness will help us return to our conscious homeland. It reminds us that we’re here in this moment of “now” and that there’s no other moment than this one. All this moment asks us to do is to feel love and acceptance in our hearts towards ourselves and towards others. By doing so, we create a better reality -- not just for ourselves, but for everyone.
Meditation for Being in the Moment of “Now”
1. Find a quiet place to sit.
2. Close your eyes.
3. Feel yourself where you are right now.
4. Note the room: any sounds, thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, etc.
5. Invite yourself to be present in your meditation.
6. Tell yourself it’s okay to let everything and everyone go.
7. Put your focus and awareness onto your breath.
8. Take a few deep breaths in and out.
9. If your mind begins to wander at any time, bring your focus and awareness back to your breath, which will always bring you back to the present moment.
10. Say silently, “I am in this moment of now.”
11. Say silently, “Now is all there is.”
12. Say silently, “I accept this moment I am in.”
13. You can repeat this to yourself as many times as you wish.
14. When you are ready, slowly open your eyes.
15. Be aware that you are still in the moment of “now,” and that there is no need to rush out of it.
16. Take your time to transition out of your meditation.