Mindfulness means “conscious awareness.” It is the awareness of the state of being aware.
There is a consciousness, a witness in you which perceives and observes the present moment. When you intentionally bring your focus to this witnessing state, you practice mindfulness.
I know this may sound too abstract if you are not familiar with the practice! At this stage today in modern society, the analytical point of view which predicates human existence on the mind only dominates and shapes how we think of ourselves. The “Western mind” as we call it, has developed in such a way that we see ourselves as composed of thoughts only, and so we navigate through our lives based on the assumption that our thoughts reflect reality. What if I told you that you are not your mind?
The mind is a fundamental pillar of our being. It is the part which does the thinking, constantly producing questions and answers.
We need the mind to stay alive, solving problems and developing strategies. However its nature is to be scattered all around! It keeps reminding you of all possible outcomes in your life, creating questions and scenarios, wandering around the past and maybe bringing up old conversations over and over again. Because that’s what the mind would do if you let it take the wheel!
According to ancient eastern teachings like Yoga, we need to train the mind so we can make use of it. Otherwise, the mind is the one that uses you. The mind tends to either be in the past, in the future, or making judgements about what’s happening in the present moment. Constantly commenting on and analyzing reality. Mindfulness is to experience and embody the moment as it is.
The moment you realize that your thoughts are just the reflections and projections of what’s happening, you cease giving too much credit to what your mind says. Instead, presence begins.
Recall and visualize your state as a child. Playing games and enjoying the moment were easy, because you were purely in the experience! You weren’t making plans or thinking what to do next, nor were you considering what someone had told you days earlier. When you focus all your attention to the moment, a transition from “doing” to “being” happens—that’s the state we want to catch a glimpse of. Just to “be”, as we are…
It’s easier to practice mindfulness than trying to explain what it really is. In next week’s post we will share some of the most basic beginner tips to start with here for you. So stay tuned!
*Namaste means to salute in Sanskrit. It is used in a sense to greet and honor the great spirit in the person
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