Mindfulness in daily life.
Mind-ful-ness..what does it mean exactly? Aren’t we all mindful individuals with normal brain functions? My challenge to you is to think about the way you use your mind every day and how much of your thinking is automatic. Then, answer the question “what is my mind “full” of ?”
Repeated thoughts, projections, judgments, fears, people’s agendas, plans, emails, car oil changes, next episode of “Supernatural” or whether your home insurance would cover roof repair… Some of the brain programs run spontaneously while others need technical support to function. For example, you get up every morning, brush your teeth, and make a cup of coffee. How many special thoughts have you put into this daily routine? Not many, because these activities have already been programmed, and they are highly predictable. If you get pulled over by a police, and now are facing charges for speeding, your mind must create a new plan to deal with this situation. Call your lawyer for starters…
In any case your brain runs tens or even hundreds of thought programs, while you keep downloading new ones, every single day. I’m sure you have experienced driving a car long distance and you haven’t remembered how you got to your destination. You were occupied by your mind processing action of thoughts in your head, and have not been paying any attention to the process of driving. In these moments we are being controlled by our mind unless we introduce consciousness into it.
As ER nurse, I have learned that lack of consciousness often means lack of life. I have witnessed patients sinking into permanent unconsciousness after a traumatic incident. These patients may still have a heart beat, normal breathing, and circulation but no underlying brain activity. I always wondered what good were bodily functions without the working and thinking mind? The body resembles a machine that was created to embrace the individual and universal consciousness. Life has no sense or meaning without consciousness. The opposite is also true: the more conscious we become, the fuller and richer our lives get.
Lets go back to mind-ful-ness. It means mind-full-of consciousness. Are you aware of your feelings, thoughts, and sensations in this moment? If yes, then you are mindful. The goal is to live mindfully as often as you can throughout the day doing simple things, such as enjoying a meal without distraction of emails or facebook. Notice the flavor and color of the food. Spend several minutes each time to sit in silence and just focus on your breathing. Every time you wash your hands, try to feel amazing sensation of the running water on your skin. Little awareness actions, small things will eventually become life-long habits. You will never miss a day without enjoying its beauty and uniqueness because you brought consciousnes into its each moment.
BSN, MSN, Intuitive consultant and Spiritual Medium