Being Mindful Doesn’t Mean Not Making Mistakes

Mastery of mindfulness comes through recognizing our mistakes mindfully and compassionately, and then letting them go.

Choosing to live mindfully does not mean you are deciding never to make another mistake. You will still make mistakes, but you will learn from it quickly and let it go.

Amanda Johnson

Have you ever gotten frustrated with yourself for not being as calm and centered as you would like to be?

I have. Quite a bit.

I often forget that mindfulness is not just another thing to “get right.” Somehow I get it in my head that just because I practice presence that means I will always behave in a mindful way. That I can “master” mindfulness. No pressure or anything.

But Eckart Tolle reminds us that as soon as we notice we are not being present, we are present. That is the whole point.

Mindfulness is an ongoing, lifelong exercise in reminding ourselves to be in the present moment. This will happen over and over and over again.

And the more often I can remind myself that my mind is focused more in the past or future and not on what is happening in the moment, the more I strengthen…

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