- Mental Health
The True Measure of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is being aware of your present moment. It is not about judging, thinking or reflecting. It’s just about observing the very moment of “now.”
Mindfulness is awareness that there is no need to think about the past (because you can’t literally go back into it and live it again.) Mindfulness is also being aware that there is no need to think about the future. It isn’t here yet. That doesn’t mean that you can’t take steps to prepare for the future. Most people take time to plan a vacation, for instance. Mindfulness is not “worrying” about what hasn’t happened yet. It tells us to be grateful for this very second. It says to find the beauty in the moment. If you can’t see beauty right now, mindfulness says to take a deep breath, hold it for ten seconds and release it slowly. If you do this deep breathing five to ten times in a row, you will experience a more peaceful sense of being. That’s what mindfulness is.
The only thing that is constant and secure is “now.” There is no other existence or life to be concerned about except this very present moment. In the case of creative visualization, you can picture in your mind the way you wish your life to go. You can see in your mind the kind of person you would choose to be. You can pray and ask God to help you reach your goal or achieve your dreams. There is nothing wrong with that. The fact that we are all made “in His Image” gives us empowerment. It allows us to know that if we truly believe, we can bring any of our dreams into reality, if we so choose. Mindfulness allows for that. It is a state of being where you can be so content, so at peace, so accepting of what “is” in your life at this moment, that you will literally come into that place of being where your dreams really have materialized in your life as each of the future moments unfold.
It takes a lot of self-awareness, self-realization, effort, and discipline to live mindfully. It takes a burning desire to choose to walk out of the “old ways of the past.” It’s about reminding yourself that “doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result” is the definition of insanity (Albert Einstein made us aware of that!). Choosing to get out of the insanity is an empowering step towards choosing a mindful existence. Whatever it takes for any of us to be whole; that’s one of the most important things in the world.