We are not surrounded by the ordinary – we are surrounded by the extraordinary.

Mindfulness is an extraordinary thing. It helps us pay full attention to the world around us. It helps us discover that every single breath is a miracle of life. And it helps us see others as spiritual beings with whom we are intricately tied – meaning that we all walk this path together.

Mindfulness can also be quite approachable in daily life. Even renowned and practiced masters like Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh acknowledge that any one of us can begin a more practiced awareness in any moment, simply by focusing on one breath at a time, one step at a time, etc.

And when we begin to do this, he says, the world starts to look a bit differently:  

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”

Instead of viewing places and things as routine, we can start to imagine them as precious gifts given to us in this small slice of time. And with that mindset comes a great appreciation of life’s many blessings.

Read more about Thich Nhat Hanh on Buddha Groove