“Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look.”
― Pema Chödrön
Taking a “good look” at what is, that’s mindfulness. It’s a moment-by-moment turning of our attention towards thoughts, feelings, actions and perceptions.
When emotions arise, we often get caught in the story. We drift away from the present moment and create suffering for ourselves. It is not until we begin to cultivate mindfulness, that we bring clarity to our experience. We are then able to better understand our state of being. Using mindfulness to simply see and feel the way things are begins an astonishing transformation.
Through mindfulness we are able to recognize what hinders us. Our hearts natural process is to let go of all hindrances. The profound power of mindfulness lies in its simplicity. It is truly through the process of mindfulness that the heart and mind are able to let go. A simple concept, but a challenging reality.
With time, being mindful weakens the grasp of our unskillful mental states, allowing attachment to dissolve. Negative emotions are often painful and uncomfortable, so it takes courage to meet these challenges as they are. But we have to remember not to discourage ourselves, this is all part of the human experience. No one is alone in this struggle. As we cultivate mindfulness, through practice, letting go will become a way of life.