Health is wellness of the body, the mind, and the soul; their alignment with one another is the art of living well.


Wisdom is understanding of the self, others, and the nature of things; it is essential to  living as if everything is a miracle.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the capability to see how your body, mind, and soul are intricately inter-connected with one another. Failure to see this intricate relationship means the inability to live in the present moment. Living in the now holds the key to attaining natural health because that present-moment mindset provides balance and relaxation for holistic wellness.

Living with natural health is contingent on mindfulness for holistic wellness of the body, the mind, and the soul.

Do you live in the present moment? You donít, if you always compulsive and impatient Are you always mindful of your body? You arenít, if you are texting while eating. Do you know that your mind is thinking? You donít, if you seldom or never meditate.

In reality, in life there are so many things that we are unmindful of because we are living in an age of speed and technology. Mindfulness is re-directing your mental attention to what you are doing at the present moment to re-establish the vital link between your body and you mind, and hence your soul.

Being present or more consciously aware of your body, moment by moment, enables you to live not only in your physical body but also inside your wholeness (including your mind) as a human being. Your present moment relationship with yourself, with others, and with the world around you depends on mindfulness, which is purposeful awareness of your body in the present moment. It is this awareness or mindfulness that connects your body, mind, and soul in a unique way. Once they become connected, you mind will intuitively know what your body needs, your body will respond to your mind accordingly, and your soul will oversee the mind with directions and instructions.

Mindfulness holds the key to attaining better health and greater happiness. It affects not only your body but also your mind and soul. It is a basic human capacity that you can cultivate, develop, and even strengthen with practice. Essentially, you become purposefully aware of what is happening to your body in the present moment: that is, you direct your attention in a casual and non-judgmental way to the now.

Understand that your body is yours only, and it is always with you. Finding the moment-by-moment relationship with your body is your pathway to wellness wisdom of the body, the mind, and the soul. The present moment is always here and is timeless. This unique relationship helps you become more caring and more compassionate toward others; gives you clarity of mind, such that you can see what is really important to you in your life, and allows you to let go of everything peacefully -- both the desirable and the undesirable. Mindfulness is profound wisdom that is necessary in the art of living well. Remember, life happens only in the present moment. However, many of us choose to dwell on the past and focus on the future, forgetting that the past was gone and the future is unknown and unpredictable. As a result, we become distracted by past thoughts and future expectations that we become oblivious of what is happening right now, which is the only reality. Mindfulness is directing our minds gently back to the present moment so that we may feel richer, more down-to-earth, and much more alive.

Mindfulness is your purposeful attention to the present moment. This purposeful attention enables you to recognize your thoughts as they occur, but without paying judgmental attention to them; in other words, they neither distract nor disturb you, and you just observe them objectively, just like watching a movie about yourself unfolding before your very eyes.

If you are mindful of what your body and your mind are experiencing in the present moment, you will soon learn to become more aware of others, which is the beginning of compassion and loving-kindness-a quality that enriches your life. If you are mindful of others, you will also become mindful of everything else in life, such as your breathing and your eating habits. If you are mindful of your breaths, you will learn how to breathe correctly, which is complete, natural and slow. Correct breathing means you get more oxygen to your lungs, cells, and organs, and thus leading to better health. If you are mindful of your eating, you will not simply shuffle and stuff food into your mouth without savoring each morsel of food. Mindless eating often results in indigestion and digestive disorders.

TIPS: Begin with consciousness of your breath; then learn to meditate -- they are related.

Stephen Lau
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