"Mindfulness develops attention, concentration and the ability to simply be with little or no future orientation, past orientation or goal orientation - choosing to be a human being, rather than a human doing." ~ Ian Gawler

Long-term mindfulness practice has even been shown to result in the ability to bring 100% concentration to a chosen object or mental state. Mindfulness has been shown to decrease stress, anxiety, depression and burnout as it supports better regulation of emotional reactions and increases positive psychological.

Mindfulness begins with learning to focus on the moment. But ultimately becomes about connecting with the awareness that is conscious of whatever we experience. Once we learn to pay attention, we can start to discern both what we are aware of in each moment and what it is that is aware. Getting in touch with this awareness, we start to notice that while what it is aware of changes from moment to moment, the awareness itself remains unchanged.

Furthermore, if we pay close attention to it we will notice that it has an innate quality of acceptance and openness to whatever is experienced. We get in touch with a space that is bigger than anything that we experience, and which is therefore able to hold it without being overwhelmed. And when we bring this open and accepting awareness to ourselves and others, we tend to act and relate with more compassion and care. We become gentler and kinder and our relationships start to change. And as we become able to sense this clear, open awareness in each moment, we become able to maintain emotional equilibrium in any situation.

In 2014, Mindfulness Coach and Mentor John Shearer started Mindful May in a facebook group. I was one of the active participants in that group. I was truly inspired by John! Through that event, I committed to living a mindful life and since then had been experiencing the necessary mind shift that allows a deep connection with myself and people around me.

Since I learned about the art of mindful living, my commitment to being mindful in action by doing one task at a time has improved my life tremendously. My new motto now is: "less is more, slow is beautiful, simplicity is bliss".

 

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