My meditation teacher used to say to me, “It can be a lot easier to move the body than to sit with our minds.”
The practice of mindfulness is much, much deeper than noticing you’re hungry or choosing a reusable bottle instead of a disposable one. Those are nice things, but mindfulness requires us to pay attention to our moments in a way we probably have not before.
Mindfulness needs wisdom and discernment. I say often the earth needs our deep attention. By paying attention deeply, by attending to our moments without our stories, reactions, and judgments - we reshape our habits and reactions to things. It’s not easy, it’s actually hard. Luckily, it doesn’t take anything outside of yourself, it just takes the moment you are in right now. However, that moment looks.
Mindfulness isn’t a glamorous thing. It’s raw and messy. It’s seeing our sadness, loneliness, happiness, grief, contentment, frustration, and everything in between just as it is. There’s a lot more to all this, but to truly attend to the moments we are in right now we have to first turn the mirror on ourselves and that’s not always something that we want to do.