Millions have found mindfulness to be a powerful practice for reducing stress, enhancing attention, and instilling tranquility. But it can offer so much more-it can transform you, make you more fully awake, alive, and aware of your connection to all beings. In Japanese, the character that best expresses mindfulness, consists of two parts: the top part means
now, and the bottom part means
heart. Using stories from his own life as the son of an Irish father and a Japanese mother, a professor in Japan and America, a psychotherapist, father, and husband, the author describes eight
heartfulness principles that help us realize that the deepest expression of an enlightened mind is found in our relation to others.