Throughout life, one must deal with every kind of hardship, every moment keeping one’s attention on the situation ably and intelligently.
You might ask, “Then how are we to practice mindfulness?”
“Keep your attention focused on the work, be alert and ready to handle ably and intelligently any situation which may arise – this is mindfulness. There is no reason why mindfulness should be different from focusing all one’s attention on one’s work, to be alert and to be using one’s best judgement. During the moment one is consulting, resolving, and dealing with whatever arises, a calm heart and self control are necessary if one is to obtain good results. Anyone can see that. If we are not in control of ourselves but instead let our impatience or anger interfere, then our work is no longer of any value.”
Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves. The miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life as our best possible version of ourselves.
Excerpt from The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh