Mindfulness is the practice to be present with everything that arises within us and around us. We observe our physical sensations, thoughts, feelings and needs as if we are watching the birds in the trees. We are present and aware of what is. We welcome and embrace our physical, emotional and mental sensations as if they are our children “Hi sadness, I know you are here and I will take good care of you.” Without mindfulness we don’t know what is going on and we can’t help ourselves.
Some people think that mindfulness is about being calm and peaceful. I don’t think that is true. We always will have feelings of anger, sadness, fear, jealousy, disgust. We will always have unmet needs. Mindfulness is not about playing the pretend game of peace. Mindfulness is about embracing our experience with loving-kindness. That is the container in which compassion and empathy can do their magical work.