Cultivating a mindful attitude means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and our environment. It's the Zen of being here now or really being present.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning paying attention to our thoughts and feelings as they are —without judging or believing they're “right” or “wrong”. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than dwelling in the past or dreaming of the future.
Mindlessness has its roots in Buddhist meditation but a secular practice of mindfulness has expanded into the American mainstream in recent years, partly through the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, launched at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979.
One of our readers, Yun Yi, a talented artist and poet left a beautiful comment about yesterday's post that I thought would go well with today's Zen tea Tuesday.
She wrote: If we open our eyes, everywhere we see miracles! Here is what I just wrote based on Van Gogh's painting, somehow I think it echoes your post: "Posed in a gentle breeze of April/peach trees are ready/for a passionate mind/ to immortalize/their white/chaste/blossom".
For teapot/tea cup fans. The teapot is made in China and the cup is from Italy.