When we are mindful, we are consciously aware. We are fully present and focused in the moment—the present moment. We are consciously connected. It has our total attention. When we are aware—our awareness—our true Self, is present and focused, consciously aware. When we see a beautiful flower, we are fully present, enjoying the beauty of the flower, and when we inhale the scent of the flower, we are consciously aware of that flower. We are not labeling or describing the flower. We are just simply enjoying it. We are not drifting off somewhere else, such as in the past or future.
Conscious awareness or mindfulness is focused awareness. When awareness is not focused on anything in particular, it is simply—pure awareness—the most peaceful and blissful experience you can have.
Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist Monk, has written many books and given many talks on mindfulness. In his article, “Thich Nhat Hanh on The Practice of Mindfulness,” on the Shambhala Sun, he explained, “Mindfulness is always mindful of something. When you drink your tea mindfully, it’s called mindfulness of drinking. When you walk mindfully, it’s called mindfulness of walking. And when you breathe mindfully, that is mindfulness of breathing.”
When we become consciously aware, mindful, of our thoughts we can change them when they are destructive, when they create mental and emotional blocks, which prevent us from living our lives fully and joyfully. Destructive thoughts can also create a barrier between us and others, causing a break in our conscious connection. By becoming consciously aware of our thoughts, we choose our words wisely and only speak to others from a place of loving kindness. Our love radiates outward from within—naturally. When there is a disconnect between ourselves and others, it is unnatural. That is why we feel bad when we are unkind to others. So, to change that, we have to, first, become aware of our thoughts and thought patterns. You cannot ignore your thoughts and expect that your destructive thinking will go away on its own, because your habitual thought patterns are stored in your subconscious.
You can be mindful of a flower and be totally into the flower. You can be mindful of walking and be totally present in your walk, feeling the earth touching your feet. You can also be mindful of your thoughts when they come to you and recognize the thoughts that are destructive and unnecessary. Acknowledge them as destructive thoughts when they appear, that serve no purpose, and let them go. You can replace them with positive thoughts or just simply let them go and focus on just being present in the here and the now—in blissful awareness.
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