In this article, we will discuss what the seven miracles of mindfulness are all about, and how you can implement them in your daily life to become more mindful. We will also explore some moving and breathing techniques.
I. The Seven Miracles of Mindfulness
If we bring mindfulness into every aspect of our life, we cannot help but experience life’s miracles. The seven miracles of Mindfulness are as follows:
1. Miracles of Mindfulness: THE FIRST MINDFULNESS MIRACLE
Is to be present and able to touch deeply the miracles of life, like the blue sky, a flower, the smile of a child.
2. Miracles of Mindfulness: THE SECOND MINDFULNESS MIRACLE
Is to make the other—the sky, a flower, a child— present also. Then we have the opportunity to see each other deeply.
3. Miracles of Mindfulness: THE THIRD MINDFULNESS MIRACLE
Is to nourish the object of your attention with full awareness and appropriate attention.
4. Miracles of Mindfulness: THE FOURTH MINDFULNESS MIRACLE
Is to relieve the suffering of others.
5. Miracles of Mindfulness: THE FIFTH MINDFULNESS MIRACLE
Is looking deeply into the nature of self and others.
6.Miracles of Mindfulness: THE SIXTH MINDFULNESS MIRACLE
Is understanding. If we are mindful of the present moment, we can see deeply, and things become clear. With understanding, the desire to relieve suffering and give love will awaken within us.
7. Miracles of Mindfulness: THE SEVENTH MINDFULNESS MIRACLE
Is transformation. By practicing Right Mindfulness, we touch the healing and refreshing aspects of life and begin to transform the suffering in ourselves and the world.
Our true home is the present moment. If we live in the moment, our worries and hardships will disappear, and we will discover life with all its miracles. Real-life can only be found and touched in the here and now. This is because the present moment is the only moment we can experience and influence.
The past is over, and the future has not yet arrived. Since the present moment is the only real moment for us, we can always return there to get in touch with the wonders of life.
As long as we are consumed with our everyday problems—distress about the present, regrets about the past, or constant worries about the future—we cannot be free people; we are not able to live in the here and now.
II. Breathing and Moving Mindfully
No one can be successful in the art of meditation without having passed through the gate of breathing. The practice of mindfulness encompasses all spheres and activities, including ordinary actions and our every breath.
We often assume breathing is just a natural skill; everyone knows how to inhale and exhale. But breathing is a miracle. Being aware of our breath not only helps us manage the difficulties in everyday life, but also helps develop our wisdom and compassion. We can sit and breathe, but it is just as important to practice mindful breathing while we are moving.
Life is a path, but life is not about getting to a certain place. Mindful Movements and walking meditation are ways to practice moving without a goal or intention. Mindful walking simply means walking while being aware of each step and our breath. It can be practiced anywhere, whether you are alone or with others in a crowded city.
You can even practice mindful breathing and walking meditation in between business appointments or in the parking lot of the supermarket. Walking on this planet is a joy. Mindful walking allows us to be aware of the pleasure of walking. We can keep our steps slow, relaxed, and calm. There is no rush, no place to get to, no hurry. Mindful walking can release our sorrows and our worries and help bring peace into our body and mind.
We can practice walking meditation alone, with another person, or with a group. Placing our footsteps one after the other slowly and in silence, we can create joy with each step. If we take steps without anxiety, in peace and joy, then we cause a flower to bloom on the earth with every step.
The Ten MINDFUL MOVEMENTS are another wonderful way of connecting your mind and body in mindfulness. They are a way to touch the sky, to smile at your own body, and to touch your heart. When you do them, please enjoy each part of each movement. Do only what you can. They are not like aerobics, where you have to move quickly and keep up. There is no need to rush. When I do them, I find I cannot help smiling. I hope they bring you joy.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Also Read: The Seven Pillars of Mindfulness