I was browsing through a pile of books and stumbled upon an intriguing concept, mindfulness. Come to think of it, I have seen this term more and more lately and it got me to thinking what exactly should I be mindful of? Is the universe trying to tell me something? As it is I already spend a good majority of the day inside my head. Do I need to polish and retrain my brain to a more enlightened and satisfying life? I looked it up and one definition says it is a moment by moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations etc. Basically tuning into what we are sensing in the moment. This goes along with what I know as meditation which I have tried a few times, usually when everything or everyone is going bat shit crazy.
Is this a natural behaviour or something which calls for repetition before it becomes habit? We all have our own way of coping with life’s little surprises and sometimes it’s better to gloss over the uncomfortable or erase it from our conscious selves. isn’t that one of the reasons we enjoy a mind altering glass of yum while vegging in front of the t.v. for an evening of Netflix? I don’t know about you but I have never sat there deep breathing while focusing on the sensation of cotton/wool blend fibres encasing my feet nor the dewy drops of condensation from my Coors Light dripping down the mug onto my hand. Had I, would I feel more blissful in the moment? I might just try it.
There was that one time I was rushing around early morning trying to pack a lunch for work and find my keys when I smashed my foot against the door breaking my little toe. I can still recall seeing twinkly stars and that bone crunching sound, guttural expletives filling the air as I hobbled out the door after popping a couple of pain relievers. Yes, I was mindful of that moment.
Sounds like a lot of work to me and honestly do we really need to add to our do over selves list? I get why there are thousands of self help books out there, we all need a little help sometimes and discovering new ways is a positive step but it never really ends does it? Pop psychology is forever coming out with new methods and trends cycling at warp speed on how to improve or change our thoughts and personalities. With all the information out there I remind myself to go light, tiptoe even and watch those doors!
Till next time my friends