“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Budda

Many of us who hear ‘meditation practices‘ immediately equate it to some new-age mumbo-jumbo. Right off the bat, many of us would dismiss it through the many variations of ‘I don’t have time’ or ‘it’s not for me.’ 

Let’s dispel that notion quickly: meditation isn’t solely about ’emptying the mind’ or going into a trance. Mindfulness, in particular, is about being aware of what’s in front of you. It’s about being present, something many of us likely don’t do regularly. Life and its obligations consume us so much that we forget to stop and smell the roses, literally and figuratively. 

A grayscale shot of a young soldier praying while kneeling on a dry grass

Soldiers need to practice mindfulness, too. You go into battle with an absent mind and risk being in a seriously compromising situation that’s a matter of life and death. It’s a simple yet often-downplayed truth.