The enjoyment that comes from mindfulness is a bit like the enjoyment that comes from dancing. Do you dance because of the cardiovascular benefits, or for boosting your brain by following challenging dance steps? When you dance with a goal or motive in mind, it kind of spoils the spirit of dancing.
Dancing for the sake of dancing is far more fun. But of course, dancing for the sheer pleasure of it doesn’t reduce the benefits of dancing on your mind and body – they’re just the icing on the cake.
In the same way, be mindful for the sake of being mindful. Mindfulness is about connecting with your senses, being curious, exploring the inner working of the human mind. If you’re too concerned about reaping the benefits of mindfulness meditation, you spoil the fun of it.
The journey of meditation isn’t to reach a certain destination – the journey is the destination. Keep this in mind as you read the various benefits of mindfulness described in this chapter and let the dance of mindfulness unfold within you.
The benefits of mindfulness – relaxation, better mental and emotional health and an improved relationship with yourself and others – are just the added bonuses along the way. Read on to discover how mindfulness can help you.