Mindfulness is an ability already available to each one of us to be fully present and in the moment. At the heart of mindfulness are the dual skills of attention and awareness which allow us to investigate our moment-to-moment experiences with curiosity and kindness. It is both a tool to be practised and a way of being which when combined lead to greater acceptance of things as they are.
Our lives are in a constant state of change and flow and often we find ourselves passively swept away like leaves floating down a river. Meditation can teach us the skill of observation, of attending to our present moment experience much like we would sit by a riverbank and simply watch the leaves float by. By practising mindfulness in this way we can consciously reframe our perception and view of the everyday events that unfold. Rather than getting drawn into habitual patterns, we begin to touch life more fully, free from judgement or narrative.