Practicing mindfulness requires doing everything with all your heart, investing one hundred percent of your mind in even the simplest of things like picking up a pen, opening a book, or lighting an incense stick.
Mindfulness is the basis of transformation and healing. So how to have mindfulness?
This is a very simple but challenging practice. Practicing mindfulness requires doing everything with all your heart, investing one hundred percent of your mind in even the simplest of things like picking up a pen, opening a book, or lighting an incense stick.
When I was a novice, I had to burn incense in the main hall several times a day. I was taught to hold the incense stick with two hands, with the left hand on top of the right. Incense is very light, why use both hands? The reason is that I have to focus one hundred percent on the simple matter of holding a stick of incense in my hand. When I light a match and light a stick of incense on the fire, I also have to pay attention one hundred percent. That is the practice of mindfulness.
When drinking tea, the act of pouring tea into the cup is also an act of meditation if one is pouring the tea mindfully. Don’t think about the past. Don’t think about the future. Don’t worry about what to do tomorrow. Just focus on pouring the tea. Invest one hundred percent in the here and now.
Everyone knows how to pour tea, everyone knows how to drink tea, but how many know how to pour tea mindfully and drink tea mindfully? The reason is that we always tend to forget the present, because we are attracted to habitual habit.
Habit is a habit, its energy is very strong that we must practice to transform. The more we master the habit, the more we are able to live each day to the fullest.