The thinking mind often struggles to “understand” mindfulness, but that intellectualization often just gets in the way. As the teacher Adyashanti says, “Thoughts cannot contain what is beyond thought.”
Instead, mindfulness involves bringing certain principles to life that aren’t constrained by words. Principles like open and curious awareness of the present moment, or--even harder--cultivating just being kind to ourselves. And those principles need to be practiced over and over until they become an embodied knowledge rather than a mental concept. That doesn’t happen right away, nor does it tend to be linear. But the first time you pause and feel something in your heart and not your head, you’ll know you are on to something true and healing.