**This post was written by guest-blogger, Megan Livingston of I Stop for Suffering.
I was inspired today by listening to a dharma talk from the beautiful Sylvia Boorstein.
In the talk she was discussing mindfulness in everyday life.
The talk encouraged me to think about mindfulness and its function in our lives.
Thich Nhat Hanh describes mindfulness as “The energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony”
Mindfulness is an intention to be present, open and equanimous. It does not anticipate the future, or reflect on the past. It is an awareness of perception – not thinking, interpreting, or evaluating.
Mindfulness can also be equated with an unspoken prayer.
“May I meet this next moment with equanimity, with openness and grace, forbearance and patience. May I meet this next moment without contention, or judgement.
To me this is a powerful reminder, and really sums up the goal of my mindfulness practice.
Through practising mindfulness we can gain Insight into the true nature of the body and mind. We become intuitively empathic, and develop a genuine desire to help other people.
With mindfulness it is also possible to change our mind habit. From one of reactivity and impulsivity – to one of thoughtfulness, kindness, consideration, compassion and empathy.
Seeing things are they really are helps to untangle – from our attachments, fear and confusion. It assists us to live from a place of joy and wisdom.
Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves
“Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
© Megan Livingston 2012