When we start to practice Mindfulness, it’s very easy to have the view that we need to try really hard to be mindful, to be present and aware of our senses.
Actually, our whole life is only ever experienced through our available senses – there’s no other way to experience life. We see, hear, smell, taste and feel (body and breath).
So, I guess the question to ask ourselves is:
“What is it that takes my attention away from the present moment?”
Your answer will always be “thinking”.
So, when you notice this, see if you can leave the thoughts alone for some of the time each day and allow yourself to experience life just as it is, right now, engaging your senses.
With practice, this waking up to and making friends with the present moment will bring a sense of contentment, calm and happiness.