There is a beautiful phrase in the Reiki principles which is “Just for today…”.
So their first principle is, “Just for today, I will not anger.”
This attitude of not striving for perfection, but bringing things home to this very moment, is what mindfulness is all about.
As I often say to my students, I do not care if they can maintain concentration for ten minutes, or twenty minutes, or two hours or three weeks!!!
I am interested in this very breath, right here, right now….
Can you be fully here with this breath, from it’s conception until its end..?
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist Teacher who really exemplifies this beautiful and simple approach.
When I was starting out on my mindfulness journey, his book, ‘The Miracle of Mindfulness‘, was one of the first I ever read. And it is just as relevant now.
In that book he asks if when you wash the dishes, is it possible to really wash the dishes?
Can you really be there in the washing of the dishes?
Or are you already thinking about the next task? Or what happened earlier in the day?
When we move through life moment by moment, present with what is happening now, life truly is a miracle.
But our habit is to live in an imagined thought created world.
Yet we all have a chance, this very moment, to simply be present.
There is nothing complex or esoteric about it.
It just depends how you want to live your life?