“In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion, it is a serene encounter with reality.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
“Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day”.
“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it”.
One of my daily goals is to see life as it really is. This means that I must make the effort to remove my own filters and mis-perceptions. I am reminded of the saying, “Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see”. Meditation should open our eyes not close them. Meditation is not a blissful avoidance of reality. Meditation should teach us to be more present to life, not less present. Meditation does not put you in a bubble. It bursts bubbles. Sometimes as a person ages, it appears they care less and less about stuff. This can be misunderstood. As an older person I care about a lot. However, I also care about a lot less. If one ages wisely, you begin to see the differences between what is truly essential and what is not. I have let go of a lot but I still carry around too many concerns that I hope will eventually fall by the wayside. Finally, mindfulness and consciousness are very much the same thing. We are mindful when we are conscious that we are conscious. I am mindful when I am aware that I am mindful. I don’t think you are truly awake if you don’t know you are awake.