The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.~Jiddu Krishnamurti
Many people, especially those who have very recently started learning about mindfulness, may be confused when the term ” Mindfulness ” is used. It took a while for me to fully understand what does it mean and how to apply it.
Being mindful does not mean that your brain is full of thoughts. Your brain is always full of thoughts, even if you are not aware of this. The average person has 50 thoughts per minute. If you do the math, this means that you have one thought every second. This adds up to about 70000 thoughts each day.
Being mindful does not mean that your brain is devoid of thoughts. Your brain can’t possibly be emptied of each and every one of your thoughts. There is no such practice, except for death. Every second your brain is receiving enormous amounts of data from each of your five physical senses and your subconscious mind and processes everything at once.
So what does being mindful mean?
Being mindful means being aware of everything that is happening inside and around you, at any given moment, non-judgmentally. This translates to, as they say, “being in the moment”.
” Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, while letting go of judgment. ” ~ John Kabalt-Zinn ~
The thing that everyone needs to understand in order to get a grasp of the mindfulness practice is that we are not our thoughts. We are not our brains. We have thoughts, we have a brain, but we are the identification of ourselves with them. We are not them. Everything is subjective and relative to the perspective of the observer.
We are the observers!
What are we trying to achieve by being mindful?
What we are trying to achieve by practicing mindfulness is to attain peace of mind and a deep lasting happiness, by committing fully to the only place that truly exists; the now.
” When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of reality deepens and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love. ” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~
Most of the time, when we get captivated by a thought, feeling or emotion, we get disconnected from the right now. When you begin being mindful of your thoughts, you will realize that almost 99% of your thoughts consist either of situations that have already happened during your past, or of situations that you wish or don’t wish to take place in your future. We almost never exist in the here and now. We are constantly trying to find a better place in the past or in the future and we are missing the best place that we could possibly be; the here and now. This prevents us from truly living. The past and the future are barely creations of our egoistic mind.
” Meditation is the act of just being human. ”
What we are trying to achieve by being mindful, is to observe our reality from a neutral point of view. From a third person perspective if you will. Our thoughts and feelings will always exist, but being aware of them as they come and go, from moment to moment, will make us realize that they don’t last. They vanish as soon as they rise. This realization will let us break our bond with them and stop them from affecting our lives. We are changing the way that we relate to reality, not reality itself. We become able to live in the moment as our true, authentic selves.
In mindfulness, one is not only restful and happy but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion. It a serene encounter with reality.~Thich Nhat Hanh
Achieving mindfulness throughout our entire lives is an extremely challenging purpose. Dedicating some time just for a brief session of mindfulness meditation will do the trick. As with every single aspect of one’s life, the more you practice something, the more solidified it will become withing you.
You will eventually become mindfulness itself. Your anchor will become the right now itself. There will be no need in sitting in a quite room, assuming a posture and just sitting there for 10 minutes, while focusing on your breathing. This is the ultimate goal. Just being mindful throughout your entire life. Just being you; existing. Breathe and let exist.
” Mindfulness helps you fall in love with what you used to think was ordinary. ” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~
You can take a look at my article Mindful Meditation For Beginners in order to learn how to start practicing mindfulness meditation.
I hope this article helped you in establishing a better shaped perspective on what mindfulness is and how to integrate it into your daily life.
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