To practice mindfulness, I need to be present in the moment, conscious of what I am doing in that moment, whether it is walking, washing the dishes, working with the computer, or meditating. Conscious of the breath, breathing in and breathing out. Being present where I am, my surroundings, the smells, the sounds, the sensations, the tastes. Being grateful for what I have in that moment, focusing on the positive in my life. That focus always brings me peace and harmony, which keeps me grounded in the present. If I focus on the negative, it brings me into the past or into the future — places that do not exist in the present.
As I breathe in and breathe out, I think of the strength of the four mindful practices – flower (fresh), mountain (solid), water (reflecting), and space (freedom). As I breathe in, I silently think of myself as a beautiful flower; as I breathe out, I think of a flower being fresh as the morning dew. When I feel complete with this thought, I move into inhaling the mountain, exhaling solid and stable. I begin to fee} as solid and secure as a mountain. Eventually water comes into my thoughts as I reflect on the surface of a cool morning lake at sunrise. I become water, reflecting calmness and serenity, peace, and harmony.
As I deepen my experience via my breath, I come into the freedom of space and I know in this moment that I am free, fresh as a flower, water-reflecting, and mountain-solid. I am free of the past, the future, fear, anger, judgment, anxiety, and ill health. I come into well—being by the mindful practice of MINDFULNESS.