"To be alive is a miracle." - Thich Nhat Hanh
"When your mind is with your body, you can get in touch with the here and now." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh explains the importance of mindfulness in connecting with our own Buddha nature. Being fully present involves connecting the breath with the body. Fully present means fully alive. Being in touch with the wonders of life involves connecting mind and body in order to connect with the present moment.
Hanh explains the simplicity of going home to the present moment. He says one can connect with the present moment by breathing mindfully, regenerating our own energy combined with a mindful approach to this moment.
Mindfulness is always mindfulness of something, Hanh continues. Mindfulness of breathing or mindfulness of doing the dishes. This is a basic practice of Buddhism. Being mindful means being aware of what you're doing, rather than simply performing your daily tasks without your mind fully present and aware of what your body is doing.
This is where freedom is found, when we can follow with our minds to the awareness produced by mindfulness.
Following your in breath and out breath from beginning to end is a good practice to cultivate concentration and an attitude of insight, which has the power to liberate us, Thich Nhat Hanh says.
Awakening the Heart ~ by Thich Nhat Hanh ~ The Practice of Inner Transformation.