Mindfulness is the energy that allows us to stop and be present right here and right now. It allows us to notice what is going on within us and around us. At any time during the day you can stop what you are doing, stop all the thinking, worrying and judging, and just breathe.
The breath is the vehicle to greater mindfulness. It is what makes the present moment accessible. When you breathe in mindfully, you bring your mind home to your body. Whether your body is relaxed, tired, or tense, the first step is noticing whether it is relaxed, tired, or tense. That awareness is the beginning of being more peaceful.
When you breathe, just enjoy breathing. When you walk, just enjoy walking. When you look at a piece of art, just look. Learning to stop the thinking takes practice. We’re used to thinking every moment of every day.