MINDFULNESS – for expanding awareness & emotional control
‘Mindfulness’ has been receiving world-wide attention in recent years, so much so that it has taken on a form that it is made to look like as something very new, highly technical, and complicated. In its simplest form mindfulness can be looked upon as a direct opposite to mindlessness. It has been around forever.
Mindfulness has to do with training of mind. The mind is slippery by nature, jumping all over places, in an attempt to make us always ‘right’ in face of various possibilities. If you are like most people, you must have seen your mind either looking at what went ‘wrong’ in past or what may possibly go ‘wrong’ in future. Those who are disciplined focus on what they really want at the present moment and get the desired results more often.
We come into this world with full mindfulness. It is gradually degraded over time, when we start judging our world as black or white, focusing our emotions more on certain things and less on others. The process of regaining and maintaining mindfulness has been well known ever since the ancient Vedic times, re-popularized by Buddha and then again about 70 years ago in India as ‘Vipasana’ or ‘Vipaschna’.
The Wikipedia has a lucid description of ‘Mindfulness’ as follows.
“Mindfulness is “the intentional, accepting and non-judgemental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment”, which can be trained by meditational practices derived from Buddhist anapanasati.”
Modern psychologists seem to have reformatted the buddhist ‘Vipasana’ into various processes for treating a variety of conditions such as emotional disorders, recurring depression, attention deficit disorders, recovery from trauma, excessive stress management, etc.
A regular practice of mindfulness is just as or more useful as a preventive or a metal tonic for developing a emotionally more resilient mind capable benefiting with opportunities in adversities. As such I regard mindfulness as a mental strength acquired simply as a consequence of regular meditative practices, for all practical purposes. It is more beneficial to reap the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, leaving the task of splitting the hair for defining the differences to academicians.
Internet search engines produce several links offering various approaches to mindfulness. Some of them are fairly elaborate and many are simply confusing. Almost all fall short of directly communicating how to achieve mindfulness, in a straightforward manner. This is what you may expect from this website, by visiting frequently for new ideas.
Of course, no amount of writing can make make mindfulness fully ‘understandable’. It is to be experienced and that is why we will soon be beginning regular on-line group classes & meditation sessions that are free for the members.
Mindfulness has to be cultivated in a simple way, for it to be attractive to the masses. At a very basic level there is a simple technique that can train you for Mindfulness to reap its enormous benefits in everyday living. It involves learning to leave a part of you detached from yourself and hovering over yourself, as an uninvolved non-judgemental ‘Observer’. That is all, over time, usually 30 days, you will find dramatic changes in yourself for the better.