Though the word mindfulness has turned into a catchy buzzword recently, there is a powerful message behind the buzz. The ability to steady the mind and bring it back to the present moment—which is another way of saying back to the breath, as we practice in yoga– is an important aid to healing. When you are able to stay with whatever is arising, whether or not you like it, then you train yourself to withstand the turmoil that life can sometimes dish out. Given that life seems to increasingly dish out muck and rubble, this is not a bad skill to have.
With this strength and stability, you are able to sort through the muck and look for the hidden gems that have been covered up. Simply being fully in the present moment is a healing practice. By being more aware of body, breath, thoughts and emotions–through simple techniques you can easily learn– you will receive signals about what’s out of balance. Mindfulness teaches you to respect these signals and welcome them instead of pushing them away. Then you can make informed choices about how to proceed with your life, moment by moment.
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