To quit or not to quit?
You might know the feeling. You’ve found a promising book, diligently started to follow up on the advice and practices, but after a while, you begin to wonder if you should continue with it. You doubt if continuation will pay off, as results are not as expected, but you also don’t want to spoil something that could have raised your quality of life by giving up too soon.
This is something I’d always run into, sooner or later. …
Western culture — even the corporate world — seems to have embraced yoga and mindfulness as a means to offset the excessive mind stimulation of modern–day life. While the adoption of these modalities probably has improved the quality of life for many, there appears to be a downside to it that’s not widely recognized yet.
The issue I encounter in practice is that a growing group of analytical people is trying to overcome their tendency to think a lot, whereas it would be more natural if they would bring their thinking process to its logical conclusion first. This would require them to perform the rather uncomfortable act of focusing their attention, instead of letting it wander and circle without end. …
Mindfulness is a rather harmless practice, but in some cases it might be better not to engage in it, especially if you are an avid practitioner. This article explains when that is the case and why.
While there is a wide array of definitions and practices, there is also a very clear consensus about its main aspect:
Mindfulness is pointing your attention in such a way that you fully experience whatever feeling may arise in the present moment.
This might make you think: “is it possible not to experience my feeling?”. The answer can be either yes or no, it just depends on what definition — what view point — you take on the matter. …