Mindfulness can be simply described as “non-judge mental, compassionate awareness of the present moment as it unfolds.” Cultivating mindfulness practices such as Yoga, meditation, self awareness and witnessing thoughts, actions and even breath- are ways to create more equanimity and peace in our lives.
There has been a large upnrising in mindfulness and its benefits over the years. Many corporations, health care institutions, wellness Practioners and lay persons alike are experiencing the benefits of a regular mindfulness practice.
So why mindfulness? And how can these simple practices help us to create happier and healthier lives?
There is a word in yoga philosophy called “Aparigraha” which means non-attachment. Staying open in the moment, enjoying what comes into our experience of life with a open hearted awareness. Not becoming attached to a certain outcome, rather staying open to possibility.
So often as humans, we hope to see something unfold the way we think it “should”. Sometimes, life works in our favor. But what do we do when it doesn’t?
Non-attachment asks of us to stay open to grace. We don’t always see the big picture, at least not in the moment. Usually after the fact, we can look back and say, “oh! That’s why that happened.” Non-attachment to an outcome helps us not to worry or stress about something that may or may not work out.
This doesn’t mean, don’t take action or have any goals, but rather working hard in the moment- and softening into the outcome of the experience with ease and trust in the universe.
Attachments and expectations cause suffering, and an uneasiness in the mind and the body. Mindfulness is a practical and spiritual roadmap for navigating almost every aspect of our lives with greater equanimity.