Mindfulness is being in the moment. Right here, right now.
Mindfulness practice brings awareness of what is, and allows us to experience the many perspectives and realities that are so often buried beneath fear, disbelief and resistance —beneath wanting things to be different, wanting things to change.
Yet frequently, change is the thing we’re fiercely denying and/or struggling to avoid. What we really want is control. We want to control the direction and timing of the changes life brings, which sometimes makes us view life as a series of problems to be fixed.
Mindfulness allows us to recognize this discomfort, to breathe a hint of stillness into the struggle. We move from I can’t do this anymore! to Can I be with this?!
Almost a year ago, the ophthalmologists told me that there was nothing we could do to improve my vision — that any progress that happened would be a result of the natural neuroplasticity of the brain.
This information was hard to absorb for a while, and really challenged me to surrender to what is. The ongoing practice became to simply be here — not doing anything, not going anywhere. To explore this moment, the way things are right now.
And my experience is that this moment is really quite amazing! I find that I’m moving more willingly through the ups and downs of life. Winding down Stress Less for Life, moving on to other challenges and joys, I’m grateful for moments of mindfulness…
P.S. Throughout this past year, my vision has improved significantly! And maybe more importantly, I’m growing more comfortable simply being in the changing flow of life.