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The True Measure of Mindfulness

Updated on November 28, 2013

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.

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      Lord Sergell of House Stark 5 years ago from Darwin, Australia

      nice hub. :) voted up!

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      aslanlight 5 years ago from England

      Very well explained Lene!

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      VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Lene, You wrote:

      - The only thing that is constant and secure is “now" -

      How true and so clearly expressed! I felt it penetrated my consciousness. I will remember this when being mindful and in the moment.

      Voted up!

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      Lene' Lynn St. John 5 years ago from Glendale, AZ

      iam, asian, Violet and Mentor...I thank all of you for your comments. I wasn't sure what kind of response I was going to get from this hub, but I sure am glad you liked it! Thank you, thank you! :)

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      Ashantina 5 years ago

      Hi Lene.... this reminds of the book "the power of now" which talks about raising our internal awareness to only the present moment.... undoubtedly a beautiful place to 'be'!!

      Interesting read!

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      Lene Lynn 5 years ago

      HI Ashantina, thanks so much! I read that book and his other one about your purpose. Thanks for reading! I wrote it because I found out last week that I may have to have a biopsy (they say there is a slight chance I have cervical cancer) and on that same day, I found out my son got divorced! SO, all I can do, all any of us can ever really do, is to live in the moment, since that is all we truly have!

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      Lene Lynn 5 years ago

      HI Ashantina, thanks so much! I read that book and his other one about your purpose. Thanks for reading! I wrote it because I found out last week that I may have to have a biopsy (they say there is a slight chance I have cervical cancer) and on that same day, I found out my son got divorced! SO, all I can do, all any of us can ever really do, is to live in the moment, since that is all we truly have!

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      Ashantina 5 years ago

      Hi Lene, do continue to stay positive right now.... I know you're a strong precious lady. And I'll be back [as Ernie says :)] to check up on you! Stay Blessed n Beautiful.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ..well your enlightening style of writing makes me mindful and aware that a really great writer (you) always makes one to become a better reader (me) .... and a wiser one too!

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      Lene Lynn 5 years ago

      Ashantina, bless your heart! I don't get called "beautiful" too often! That keeps me in a positive state of mind! And thanks for caring so much that you will check up on me later! You are an angel, you really are! :)

      Epigramman, you are too kind, you really are! Thank you SO much! *hug*

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      susiebrown48 5 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Thank you for this particular Hub. I've not been very mindful lately and your elegantly written Hub brought me back to this moment. It was just what I needed!

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      Lene Lynn 5 years ago

      susie, thank you so much! I am so glad it helped you and your comments were very kind! Thank you, thank you!

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      aslanlight 5 years ago from England

      Ashantina I ordered 'The Power of Now' because of your recommendation. Thanks!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Lene Lynn,

      Your message is inspiring and heartfelt in this well-penned article.

      I thoroughly love how you used your life experience to help others and hope you have received some positive news regarding your health situation. Today is all any of us really have control of. Thank you for the reminder.

      Voted UP, USEFUL, AWESOME & BEAUTIFUL.

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      Lene Lynn 5 years ago

      marcoujor, thank you so very much! You are definitely welcome for the reminder. As far as my positive news regarding my health: I found out I do not have cervical or colon cancer. I am just waiting for the results on my 2nd mammogram within 2 weeks, to see if I have breast caner...thank you for your concern. Blessings and Light to you! Thanks for reading my work and following me as well! :)

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