Marcus Aurelius, the great Roman emperor, once said, "He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the Universe."
To achieve harmony with the Universe is an ambitious goal. But as the great emperor stated, it will come in short order once you achieve harmony within yourself. Mindfulness, the psychological process of focusing awareness on the present and acknowledging one’s thoughts and feelings, can be a powerful tool in developing personal harmony.
However, we live in a loud, cluttered world full of distractions. It’s hard to focus on the present when so much of our lives depends on what comes next. To successfully practice mindfulness, one needs to block external distractions and focus on the inner self.