What is it?

Mindfulness is a way of life. For most, it is the only way to live life. If you are experiencing times of change and or more levels of stress than usual, it may be hard for you to see that you are not always living in the present moment. Noticing this and taking action are essential steps to cultivating a healthy mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness means moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. It is cultivated by refining our capacity to pay attention, intentionally, in the present moment, and then sustaining that attention over time as best we can. In the process, we become more in touch with our life as it is unfolding.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Before we can exchange some handy techniques we should first discuss an essential element to successfully practicing mindfulness. At the core of a mindfulness practice is surrender to the present moment. If you are concerned with the past and perhaps the future as well, then you are not living in the present moment. Keeping a small journal on hand could be useful to track your thoughts when they drift and maybe revisiting them later could provide deeper insight and healing.



Mindfulness = Clarity

“Mindfulness is so closely linked with equanimity because it directly teaches you to take the middle path — to not resist or cling to things, and to not just let things happen to you willy-nilly. You quite literally train yourself to notice and reflect before responding, and as a result, your BEHAVIORS become reasoned, conscious responses”

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Chris LuVogt

Mindfulness can provide clear insight into all areas of our lives and with this divine insight we can see the multiple layers of ourselves. From this perspective we can successfully create space for balance and growth.


What does Mindfulness look like?

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How to practice

“Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing”.

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Zhuangzi

When you visit a new place for the first time, you are looking wide-eyed at everything, right? You’re noticing all the sounds, tastes, smells-- your sense are completely stimulated and you are fully observant of your surroundings and yourself.

This is living mindfully.

Mindfulness looks like complete acceptance of what is happening right now. It is a total surrender of the heart, mind, body and soul. You are not resisting the moment. You are here now. You are anchored and grounded. You are entirely aware. In this state of awareness it appears as if time does not exist. You tenderly notice the impermeability of yourself and the world around you. You may feel light or very heavy. But you know on a very deep soul level that what is occurring around you cannot affect your inner being.

If you find yourself here, locate your breath. How can you expand your breath? And what happens when you do? When I practice this small technique of “find my breath”, I feel less attached to thing emotionally and more so connected with my inner energy. When I am in conversation with this energy, my days flow organically and I am not swayed by the events occurring within that day.

Not to say that I don’t get upset ever because I do but I do not allow my reactions to control the energy of my inner being. They are entirely separate. I know that what is happening around me is outside of me and is a result of the world and its inhabitants. My sole responsibility is to stay in touch with my breath, with my inner energy and to live each day in awareness.

For other healers including myself,  awareness is clarity. It is the wholehearted naked truth. For me, this truth is that what is not love is unreal. So I treat others in that same manner. I consider their circumstances before reacting and responding. I channel my inner energy into all tasks which allows pure joy and bliss to play in my life. I know what is that I need energetically when I am aware and can immediately assist myself. And of course help others too.

How to practice:

  • Take a deep breath and draw your attention to your body.

  • Locate your breath…is it calm? small? rigid? steady?

  • As you tune in with your breathing, bring your awareness to your current setting. Where are you? What can you see? Have you overlooked something? How are you feeling? — Try to answer one question at a time in sync with your breath. So with an inhale you ask the question and on the exhale you release the answer. Each breath should enhance your awareness of the present moment. You should feel as if things are becoming very clear to you. Your breath will guide you to the truth, just be patient and accepting when you get there.

    But have faith that you will.

  • As you are in tune with your breath, your awareness expands simultaneously. You are viewing the world from your inner energetic Self…the Higher Self or God Self. What you are experiencing externally could never touch this divine light that dwells in you as you. That is who you are beyond this body. When you incorporate mindfulness into your daily life, you are training the mind to observe but not react. From the position of the observer, we can make decisions without the influence of life’s circumstances. We shift ourselves to experience life from a place of compassion, harmony and inner peace. Outer peace soon follows.

  • Lastly, remain in this place for as long as you can. See what it can teach you. See what you can teach yourself. — Trust the healer within.

  • Practice this as often as you can. The more you practice, the more you become aware and open to the hidden gems of life. We can begin to heal when we are experiencing life in the present moment as it is happening NOW.

Try incorporating mindfulness into your life today.

See how it changes the way you experience life.