WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
In lay terms, mindfulness is the essence of living; moreover, it is life itself for any moment not spent in mindfulness is a waste trip to La La Land. And, at this point, let me remind you that we spent probably 99% of our time traveling to either the future or the past as passengers of a mind which, by default, moves endlessly with no defined purpose.
The mind is a vehicle (an amazing vehicle) that we can use to meet our needs and fulfill our purpose in life. But it needs to be controlled with tremendous awareness so it doesn’t bolt and take us for a wild ride. And it needs to be parked and allowed to rest when not being needed, which is much more often than we think.
It is at these times that we can step out of the vehicle and clearly observe, notice, understand what we are and what life is. It is at these times that we can have a genuine, conscious experience of what is really happening through a non-judgmental perception of our body, feelings, emotions, thoughts and surrounding environment. Have you ever considered that you are not your thoughts? Or that you have become a slave to your emotions? And that all these are making you miserable?
Let’s take a look at it from a different perspective. Living in mindfulness is not some esoteric stuff for the few, it is the very foundations of a happy life. These are some of the results that you can reap from a short, daily practice:
- Reduce stress and help you cope with changes
- Clear and quiet your mind, improving both attention and memory
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase energy levels
- Resolve long-standing sleep problems
- Help take you out of depression
- Strengthen your immune system
- Fasten any healing process