Mindfulness has ancient roots; mindfulness is "seeing things as they really are", or vipasanna, as it is called in southeast Asia.
Mindfulness is stillness in the midst of activity. Mindfulness soon begins to permeate all experiences - such as eating, walking, or answering the phone. It is not something we do once in awhile, but rather a state of being that we carry with us every moment of our day.
Meditation is practicing Mindfulness; there will come a day when everything you do is within the sphere of mindfulness. You begin to sit, walk, eat, and talk in a mindful state. You become more and more sensitive to each moment, with open mind and heart, you are becoming awake.
The word "Buddha" means one who is awake. So practicing mindfulness means you are on the path to becoming awake to the nature of life and death and liberating your compassion to this world.
How to begin? You already have....you are reading this, it is beginning to settle into your bones.
One of the first characteristics of mindfulness is that you begin to "see things as they really are", things that are solid such as the chair you are sitting on or the computer screen you are looking at is continuously changing ....eventually it will turn to dust, then energy. This final energetic state stands outside of time, for only matter and time are connected to each other, energy is timeless. So the true nature of the computer screen, desk, chair and you, is pure energy in a transitory state we call matter, all returning to energy, where they began and will once again return, outside of time.
You do not need to "see" everything around you as energy but you will begin to see that what is in front of you, and your body, is not the same as it was, even a second ago. To "see things as they really are" (on the way to liberating their energy) is the first stage of mindfulness.
The second stage of mindfulness is learning how to let go; life is a river and everything changes. Suffering and disappointment come from holding back the river. Mindfulness teaches you how to stay centred and relaxed in the midst of uncertainty.
So...we inhabit our bodies for a short time, they are continuously changing. If we are very young, our bodies will grow and become stronger, and if we are old, they will continue to become weaker.
Cameron will help you take your first steps along the Mindful path.
There is an ancient story about Buddha meeting a stranger on a path, and the stranger, after some conversation, said "You seem to know things that have so far eluded me, what are you, and who are you?" Buddha simply replied, "Awake". The title, "Buddha", literally means, "Awakened one."