A Simple Way to Understand Mindfulness

I always like to read to my students when they’re in savasana.  Just something short and meaningful. Usually related to the theme of that day’s practice, if there’s been one.

A few weeks ago, I found this reading in Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now.  I haven’t read this book from cover to cover yet, but I plan to. He has a way of simplifying mindfulness that I really like.  It makes it very easy to understand exactly what it is and why it’s important to cultivate this in our own lives.

Finding moments of mindfulness is an incredibly powerful way to harness the energy in the mind and bring a sense of peace and wellbeing, even if it’s just in that moment.

It’s hard to convey the power of just ‘being’.  Just getting on with your day while observing and fully noting how you are interacting with the world in the simplest of tasks.

This reading describes it beautifully I think:

“Just become intensely conscious of the present moment. This is a deeply satisfying thing to do. In this way, you draw consciousness away from mind activity and create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking." - Eckhart Tolle

This is the essence of meditation.

In the business of life, you can do this by taking any routine activity and give it your complete attention. For example, every time you walk up and down the stairs in your house or place of work, pay close attention to every step, every movement, even your breathing. Be totally present.

While this sounds easy, having some guided sessions in training the mind to focus and to develop an understanding in how to build a daily therapeutic mindfulness practice can be incredibly motivating.   

Teaching mindfulness is a passion of mine and I teach private sessions in Brisbane as well as groups and corporates, so feel free to contact me at hello@susiegarden.com if you'd like to learn more.

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