What Is Mindfulness?
Isn’t it interesting that the practice of Mindfulness is described by a word that means its opposite?
When our minds are full, what are they full of? Stop and check your own mind right now. Most of us think continually of the future or the past. Our minds are full of ruminating regrets about the past: what we should have done, said, or felt. Or they are of full of fantasies about the future: what we should do, plan, prepare, or simply worry about. All fantasies, because the future isn’t here yet.
How do we stop our minds from living in the past or future instead of the present, which is the only time and place we belong? We don’t.
Eckhart Tolle, in his book, “The Power Of Now,” doesn’t stop the brain from chattering. He tells the brain to chatter away. In another room. He will listen later, not now.
This relieves the struggle between the soul, which lives in the ever constant moment, and the mind, which lives in the past or future. The brain has permission to chatter all it wants. Somewhere else.
My son used to see the glass as half empty. I see the glass as half full. He believed that not only was it half empty, but that someone came along in the past and drank the first half. I see it as half full, and believe that someone or something will come along to fill it up. His glass is in the past. My glass is in the future. Neither of us was seeing the abundance and beauty of the liquid in the glass in the moment.
When our mind preoccupies itself with things that you can’t change from the past, or gives us anxiety about the future, pause. Pause and feel your body and its sensations right now. Listen to the sounds around you right now. Look at someone or something deeply, as if you are seeing them or it for the first time. Breathe. Enjoy. Continue. Repeat.
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