Mindfulness and the gift of Presence
For many individuals life is a source of stress, emptiness and creeping anxiety. Many bodies are carried around with poor awareness by minds constantly busy in the past or in the future, searching for solutions outside ourselves, confusing means with ends. The illusion of owning things when we don't even own ourselves. Things are a mean and not an end. A good question we should ask ourselves more often is "What's the meaning in what I do, why do I want this?" And because often we don't have an answer to this question, we numb ourselves with more objects and labels in the hope of feeling a meaningful connection with life.
But what is it that really helps us in finding peace and fulfilment in our existence? It is the courage to pause in this frantic world and dig out the gold from our life as it is now. Practicing the awareness of breath and body, fully experiencing emotions and noticing what thoughts we are clinging on to and bravely letting go of them. In that space we sit alone and it is there that we may find what we are looking for.
By practicing mindfulness day by day with gratitude and compassion we gain the gift of presence which is reflected in our body posture and body language. When we are able to be present to ourselves so we will be to others.
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