I awoke early this morning and after meditation, watched an interview with Mindfulness expert, Jon Kabat-Zinn, “Life is right now.”
In this inspiring talk, Kabat-Zinn says that mindfulness is living your life as if it really mattered and being in the present moment with open hearted presence and kindness with yourself.
It was the statement, “living your life as if it really mattered” that got me.
Am I living my life as if it really matters? Am I treating each moment as if it is the only moment where I can be present and kind and compassionate with myself, because that’s what matters most? That’s what is my greatest expression of love?
He goes on to say, “Mindfulness is a gift. A mystery. We are geniuses, miraculous beings and we ignore most of our beauty and drive ourselves crazy over all these things that are really not all that important. We’re driven by the urgent, miss the important and wind up a lot of the time being unhappy and then look elsewhere for the solution.”
Mindfulness practice is an important part of living as if my life really matters. For each of us, it means getting present and whole with ourselves and loving all of us without judging parts of ourselves as wanting, or less than or other than perfect reflections of who we are within and in the world.
Mindfulness is the art of being present with all of me as I am right now.
In this 7 minute interview Kabat-Zinn makes the case why each of us need to get more lovingly mindful right now.
I happened upon this interview with Buddhist Nun Fang Nhiem when I clicked a link from Zen Flash.
I’m so grateful I clicked!
May your Friday be filled with loving kindness in all you are right now. Happy Now!