Everyone who is human has a spiritual dimension. Without a spiritual dimension, it is difficult for us to solve difficulties. If you have a good spiritual practice, you are no longer afraid, because you know how to deal with difficulties and can meet any situation with calm and peace.
A good Buddhist practitioner should be able to handle feelings of pain and despair or strong emotions like fear, anger and hate. He should be able to use the practice of deep listening to restore communication and generate a feeling of joy and happiness whenever he wants to.
Many describe God in terms of love but French writer, Andre Gide, described God as happiness. If God is available twenty four hours a day, then it should be possible to get in touch with happiness at any time of the day, But how to get in touch with it?
If we breathe in mindfully and be aware of our in-breath, you bring the mind home to your body and when your mind is with the body, you are truly there, living fully in the here and now. In ordinary life, very often, our body is there, but our mind is elsewhere. We are caught in sorrow or regret of the past, or we are caught in the fear and uncertainty concerning the future. We are caught in our projects. Our mind is not there with our body. We are not truly there.
The practice of mindful breathing recommended by the Buddha helps us to bring our mind home to our body, and when our mind is with our body, we are back in the here and now, fully present and alive and we can get in touch with the wonders of life that are available in the here and now. The Buddha said that the past is already gone and the future is not yet here; there is only one moment when you can be fully alive, and that is the present moment. The present moment has all the wonders of life in it. So the basic practice invented by the Buddha is to go home to the present moment and that can be done by just one in-breath or one step made in mindfulness.
The practice of mindful breathing and walking are not too difficult; they enable us to go back to the here and now in order to live deeply for every moment given to us to live. When you breathe in or breathe out mindfully, or when you walk mindfully, with every step, you generate the energy of mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the kind of energy that allows us to know what is happening in the present moment; it is always mindfulness of something. When you breathe in mindfully, that is the mindfulness of breathing. When you drink your tea mindfully, that is mindfulness of drinking. When you walk mindfully, that is the mindfulness of walking. When you are doing anything mindfully, you are always in the here and now and are living deeply every moment.
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