“Don’t get caught in the past, because the past is gone.
Don’t get upset about the future, because the future is not yet here.
There is only one moment for you to be alive, and that is the present moment.
Go back to the present moment and live this moment deeply, and you’ll be free.”
 
– – The Buddha
 

 Mindfulness is the practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life; while we are sitting, walking, eating, drinking tea and even working. When we are practicing mindfulness, our mind does not hang on to the past nor worry about the future; instead, it is fully conscious of what is happening in the present moment. Every step taken in mindfulness cultivates peace and joy within and around us, as we free ourselves from our fears, anxieties, anger and confusion.

The Buddha is often portrayed as sitting on a lotus flower, very fresh and very stable. If we are capable of sitting in the here and the now, anywhere we sit, anything we are doing becomes a lotus flower — whether that is at the base of a tree, on our meditation cushion, eating an orange, drinking our tea or washing the dishes. When we are really here in the present moment, like the Buddha, we too become fresh, alive and stable.

 

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