“Mindfulness is the miracle that allows us to be the real owners of our life, to become fully ourselves” Thich Nhat Hahn.
I have just finished re-reading the thoughtful book, “The Miracle of Mindfulness”, by Thich Nhat Hahn, Zen Master, author and peace activist. It is a good introductory book to the meaning of Mindfulness experience from a Zen context.
Defining and understanding Mindfulness is not easy, and you will find a great number of perspectives, experiences, and definitions. In this book, Thich Nhat Hanh brings a simile that I find very useful:
“Imagine a magician who cuts his body in pieces and sends each of them to different places: legs to the east, head to the south, arms to the north… Then, using his magic power, with only one movement, he is able to bring together his entire body again, recovering its wholeness. This powerful image is similar to what happen with Mindfulness, the miracle to bring together our scattered mind, recovering the sense of plenitude in each moment of our life”.
And you may be thinking: “Great, but, how can I achieve this magic power of Mindfulness? How to become a Mindfulness Magician? It will be great to have the capacity of bringing together my dispersed mind, to achieve clarity, kindness, awareness, and vividness in each moment of my life, but, how?”
One answer was given more than 2.500 years ago, and now science evidence agrees with it: Meditative Practices. They help us to develop Mindfulness, concentration and compassion.