Mindfulness is a matter of practice. Like anything else that we aspire to master, we must engage with a consistent set of practices over time. When we want to play the piano, we take lessons and practice. The same with golf. Likewise, mindfulness requires a set of practices that, with repetition over time, builds the muscle of our self-awareness so that our mindful state becomes less of an accidental phenomenon, and increasingly accessible and stable.
I distinguish here the idea of a practice from that of an exercise. An exercise is designed to be done once or a few times, in order to generate information or insight. A practice is designed to be done over an extended period of time. A coach of mine once ...

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