By Paul Craft, Feb 3 2016 02:34PM
What is Mindfulness? Here's an excerpt from my latest workshop...
'A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.'
It is just about awareness. It is quite simply the practice of being aware in every possible moment, while leaving judgment out of your awareness! At the same time you observe (so remain aware) of your own emotional and physical responses. Sounds so easy and yet people spend lifetimes attempting to master it.
Much of what I have already written has pointed to ways and means to enter into or arrive at awareness. Start with this question, "what am I thinking?" Then take a deep breath and just see what is going around your mind. Check to see if its useful. Does it feel good to think the way you do? Don't judge, be dispassionate, accept what you find there. Remember that it is your thoughts that generate your emotions. This really is very important to grasp.
Don't be a slave to your thoughts because you are then a prisoner to your body and have no control over your life. This is the tragedy of the human condition. This is being a sleep walker.
Mindfulness is a distilled form of eastern meditation. It is holistic. You cannot focus on the mind body connection without considering consciousness also. Consciousness is the spirit, it is the essence of who you are, who you were and who you are supposed to be.
We are born free spirits. We are then made into something that fits into society. Ask yourself this question 'who would you be if you were born in Palestine or Syria?'. Just think how different your life would be simply because of the geographic location and time period.
We are made into what we are. This is not who we naturally are. Awareness is the most profound tool for uncovering your true nature and controlling you own destiny. It is the way to wake up and BE.
So today juts reflect on this in your quiet moments. Or make time to be aware of what you think this means to you.