Mindfulness means different things to different people. To me, it’s a way of finding out what makes us happy. At some stage in life, many people – perhaps all of us – come to a point where we feel dissatisfied with our life. We want a more fulfilling job, or more zest in our relationship. We feel out of touch with the world around us. Life just isn’t offering the depth and satisfaction we expected at 35, or 45, or 55. One way or another, it may feel like something vital is missing.
When this happens, we may try different ‘remedies’: a new job, a new partner, a move to a different house, or city, or country. And perhaps that’s enough. Sometimes, however, we discover that the problem goes deeper. We realize we’re not in touch with ourselves.
Mindfulness is a step towards finding out who we really are. Towards realizing our true qualities. Towards reconnecting with the true self, hidden beneath all the habitual responses and attitudes. Not that all we have learned is not useful; we need these skills to survive in the world. But misunderstandings tend to obscure the truth. And there’s nothing more satisfying than reconnecting with the truth of our being. Because home is where the heart is.