For any new learning to come to fruition, time, receptivity and patience are assets. Interest, if there is any, is an added bonus in accelerating the learning. On the contrary, disinterest, boredom, impatience, or any kind of distraction, can slow down or even end the learning. Whatever it is, what we managed to learn will determine who or what we will become in due time. Our views, speech or action will be determined by what we learned.
In the midst of any new learning, we can either be doubtful or be fascinated, depending on how the learning is taken on. It also depends on how necessary the learning is. Some learnings are imposed, some learn because of curiosity, some by invitation or some even by chance. Certain learnings taken on voluntarily for the sake of others can in the long-term become one's own asset.
More often than not, we do not know exactly what the result of that pursuit of learning will be. We may have an idea, otherwise, we wouldn't have embarked on it. But that idea will remain an assumption until that learning starts to take effect on our lives. Only then, do we feel grateful for what we have embarked on when we look back. Often, we would have forgotten the perseverance, the challenges, the pain, or even the thought of giving up that were plaguing us throughout the journey of that learning.
The path of mindfulness is one of the, if not the most, important of all learnings. It may seem unimportant or even a non-urgent or non-necessary learning to acquire. Many a times, we do it because of another's advice. Rarely, do we have the understanding of why we really need it. This is because we have yet to see the value of mindfulness or awareness. Hence, to chance upon an opportunity where heaps of supporting information are given which can finally interest one to take on this learning is indeed a blessing.
Next, will be the challenge in how not to forget to be mindful. Mindfulness is never our existing habit. To be engrossed, identified, or to be done with happenings is our default mentality. These undermine the importance of having mindfulness as a necessity. In most day to day happenings, we are either absorbed, struggling or nonchalant to what is within our space of experience. To stay mindful of these three attitudes takes much convincing and also learning to understand the importance of it.
Only through the slow processes of trials and errors of learnings and challenges, will mindfulness or awareness begin to show its benefit. Only then, one begins to feel deeply appreciative of how mindfulness has transformed their lives for the better.
So you would probably wish to know what benefits will arise from there? If it would encourage you to take on this learning, I would love to let you know that it helped to recalibrate my life for the better, I now have fewer reactions (but instead respond from wisdom), a better understanding of my own mind, fewer stresses, more compassion towards any kind of happenings, and most importantly, deeply knowing why I am here. In short, my purpose in this lifetime; not in terms of passion, giving or living. Simply understanding what is going on in these mind-body processes which we called "I". And of course, that leads to the reduction and finally the end of stress, or suffering. It is the wisdom of understanding things as they truly are.