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Its our tendency, when not practicing mindfulness, to be fixated on our problems and worry about the future. We get trapped in our own mind and get in our own way as we seek to address those things that seem so insurmountable. Peace seems so far away.

…the Zen poet Ryokan tells us that we need to ‘stop chasing so many things.’ To do so is to practice the art of ‘stopping’: to stop thinking about the past and running toward the future and instead tune into the glorious present.

Mark Coleman, Awaken the Mind

The art of stopping does not come easily or naturally, but when we do we can enjoy all of what nature has given us. Finding the space and time for meditation within our chaotic lifestyles is a deliberate move that can bear the fruit of peace and serenity and allow you to be present in that very moment.