The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.

 

Cause I try and I try and I try and I try – I can’t get no… satisfaction

 

satisfaction - habit of mindfulnessWhen looking at the benefits of mindfulness, it’s tempting to say ‘impossible’ – how can one action affect everything?

But of course, what we’re talking about here is a realisation followed by a habit, not a single, isolated action.

The realisation is personal.

In my case it was that something was missing in my life… some deeper sense of meaning that I wasn’t getting from my outside world or relationships.

In the case of a client this morning; feeling trapped for the last few years – that her life is not as she wanted or hoped it would be.

Trapped inside a mind that can be negative, fearful and confused.

When you see it clearly, it’s funny – and she immediately regained her sense of balance… the realisation that with this new perspective, she is powerful, capable.

How do you stay powerful? Adopt a mindfulness habit. A practice of being awake, of listening to your inner and outer voice and making sure that it is kind and patient – soft and firm at the same time.

As soon as I hear my inner voice being anything less than accepting, positive and empowering, as soon as my shoulders feel tight, and I begin to feel upset, angry or hurt, I bring myself back to the here and now – I breathe and I am calm.

I have food in my fridge, a roof over my head – I am safe.

I have done things that are so much more difficult than this before – I am powerful.

Then I get out of my head – I am present.

I take ACTION.

This repetitive practice has been going on for 26 years and has allowed me to expand myself beyond anything I thought possible. It is the foundation of my being. This stillness. This peace. I have taught it to clients to help them regain their sense of self and to my son to reduce exam nerves, amongst other things.

This is the one thing – this mindful habit – which truly does have a positive effect not just on my world, or your world, but ours.

So take a deep breath and in this instant, be satisfied.