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Simplifying Mindfulness

Mindfulness firstly involves cultivating a steady intention of being in the present moment. This means that one is aware of thoughts, and when noticing that the mind is distracted with thoughts related with the past or future, one redirects the attention to the present moment. To the present experience.

Secondly we choose to be connected with the present experience with an attitude of openness. One connects with the present experience through the 5 senses — sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. So, when taking a shower mindfully one is aware of the sensation of the water touching the skin, the temperature of the water, the sound as it touches the floor or walls, one might even taste the water. As one connects with any experience the mind will immediately intervene categorizing generally as pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. Nevertheless, being mindful one can acknowledge it without dis-pending energy in the form of clinging or rejecting the present experience.

The third and most important attitude is loving-kindness. This begins with oneself, on the level of the mind and body! One is present and connected with every moment, every experience, in a gentle and at the same time firm fashion, not leaving space in the mind for self-criticism, self-blame and other less constructive ideas of punishing ourselves for not attaining a certain result. On directs Loving-kindness to the body, nurturing it well with good sleep and rest, good nutrition and exercise, and further respecting the body avoiding consumption of toxic products in the form of alcohol beverages or cigars.

To sustain the state of being mindful it requires daily practice in 2 forms: formal meditation — a specific technique that involves a specific object of attention, done in a certain posture and with a certain duration of time; and MIndfulness — where one applies the developed capacities of attention and kindness to each and every task, moment by moment.

For formal practice please check our free meditation audios here.

We must keep in mind that mindfulness is developed with formal and informal practice only! You can read all the books you want about mindfulness; this will bring you understanding but will not make you mindful. Only a sustained and dedicated training of the mind will make you mindful.


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