We are all travelling along the same streets, the same roads in different directions at different times for different reasons or similar interests, using different modes of transport, burning different types of fuel. As individual as we come we all share breath, mother nature and the World.
What is to ‘be mindful’? You see and hear the word ‘mindful’ everywhere these days. Everyone is talking about it. Is it just a fictitious state of being or is it actually a real way of thinking? Well, to be mindful would be to keep focused on what you are doing in the present moment, it’s as simple as that. When you are walking, think about how you are walking, how you are moving each leg in front of the other. You could be mindful when you have a shower; think about how the water touches your skin, how it slides down your body over the different parts of your body. Smell the air around you when you are having a shower, listen to the water as it hits the bottom of the bath. There are so many things we could be thinking about when being mindful, appreciating the moment.
As humans most of us choose not to be mindful of the present moment and we live with anxiety, fear and a false sense of happiness. We choose to think about the ‘what ifs’ and how things are going to make us feel after we finish what we are doing. Then we think about what we need to do after we have finished the present task and so on and so on.
Our minds need a lot of re-mapping to even start to achieve the benefits of being mindful. I myself have been actively learning and practicing different forms of mindfulness for the past five years and do experience the non-mindful feelings at times. These non-mindful feelings draw in a negative, dark cloud over my eyes and heart and it’s not a nice place to be. But being able to distinguish the difference between mindful moments and non mindful moments is helping me realise the true enjoyments in my life and the potential I have in actually being. It takes a lot of practice but reaps an autonomous amount of benefits.