Order your Moment to Moment Experience by Kicking Open the Door to Your Mind and Happiness
A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe — Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
They say that sometimes, even one word is enough to open a window to a new view of the world. A word that can start the mind on a deep inner journey.
For me, that word was mindfulness. This was my doorway to a life of possibilities.
I probably came across mindfulness way back albeit unconsciously. Its impact had not quite sunk in.
It was the Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh who first ushered me into this unprecedented world of wisdom — one that has ordered my consciousness, and has shaped my quality of life.
People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Google introduced mindfulness to its employees in 2007. And the rest as they say is history — This story is beautifully written by Chade-Meng Tan in his best-seller book Search Inside Yourself.
Mindfulness is the tool we can use to search inside ourselves, and like the Acres of Diamond story, we can discover new springs of joy, wellbeing, and happiness — one that has lied untapped, unexplored, and dormant for years.
For me, this never-ending deep inward journey has been both exhilarating, and rewarding.
What it means to search inside yourself
Mihaly Robert Csikszentmihaly writes that to achieve happiness, and satisfaction, we need to control our experiences.
Most of us leave our happiness, and the quality of our experiences at the mercy of outside forces. Forces that slap us on our faces leaving us helpless, and hopeless.
Searching inside yourself entails finding your true north. This starts with self-awareness.
When we are aware, we can direct our attention, and focus in a more productive way. We can organize what we want in our consciousness moment by moment only when we are awake.
The inner journey to your true north is personal. And each of us has to use our own power to untangle the chains that have held us captive to the past, and the future, leaving us with NO energy to delight in the here, and now.
Freedom is possible when you learn to order your consciousness.
Mindfulness helps you to order your consciousness
Mindfulness originated from ancient Eastern, and Buddhist philosophy and dates back around 2500 years.
The practice of mindfulness teaches us how to change our relationships with our thoughts, emotions, feelings, sensations, distractions, environment, and conditions in our lives.
Instead of running away, or holding on to experiences, we can be fully present with everything that is unfolding.We can learn to look at, and relate with things differenty.
Mindfulness doesn’t aim at changing anything about this moment, its goal is to accept what is going on now with open awareness without labeling, or judging. This way, we can settle, and rest on this moment — the only moment there is.
If we can reclaim our scattered energy, then we can make room for more energy to handle what is here and now.
Focused energy leads to awakened doing
When we are calm, and observing things objectively, we can come up with informed solutions, and not default to our habitual reaction patterns. Eckart Tolle calls this awakened doing.
To help us search inside ourselves, mindfulness has several practices that anchor our ever-wandering mind to the present in order to be fully awake. One of these anchors is your breath.
Anchor breath is the practice of using your breath to help focus your mind on one point
Your breath is a great tool to help you to be calm, and settle in the present.
When you direct your attention to your breathing, you can be able to see at a glance how good your “monkey mind” loves to jump from one thought to another.
Richard Davidson of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds writes that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. Therefore, knowing where your mind is at each moment means you can control what it does. Control means the power to choose, and this is freedom.
When you cultivate the act of mindfully watching your mind, you can be able to direct it accordingly at will. This is what ordering your consciousness means.
During the practice, you learn to not only bring your mind back to your anchor object but also calmly observe it, be present, be gentle, and learn to begin afresh whenever you find yourself distracted.
These practices can be integrated into your day-to-day life both at work, and in life.
Be mindful today, oberve things objectivley, be gentle, and compassionate, observe your wandering mind, and most importantly have a bigginer mindset.