What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is often described as being present in a non-judgmental way with what arises. This is the necessary beginning, a step away from the well-worn paths of habit, heedlessness and reactivity.
Being present is like entering the gate to the garden of the heart-mind. With consistent presence, we begin to see, however, that we are not just visitors strolling through and enjoying the view. Instead, awareness reveals that we are caretakers of this garden-plot where thoughts are the seeds of actions.
we protect it with fences and nets, keeping out what might cause harm,
we pull the weeds that are finding a foothold,
we plant what is beautiful,
we nourish and care for these so they grow stronger.
These are the 4 Great Efforts the Buddha taught. In a mindful moment, we are not passive, but proactive. The garden we tend with industry and perseverance is where happiness takes root.