I’m familiar with mindfulness techniques but they always sounded sappy and ineffectual; diluted. Being a hot sauce, dump-the-whole-box-on-it person, I never gave them any serious thought. Mindfulness – the word – even sounds feel-goody.
But I’ve changed my mind due to some recent moments of clarity. I’ve noted a connection between mindfulness exercises, mental habit-breaking techniques and the philosophy of living in the Now.
That connection is that you are paying attention when you practice them.
Utilizing a part of the brain outside the habitual self jars us out of the slumber we apparently spend a majority of our time in while the world passes us by, unnoticed.
Paying Attention or Being Present involves using our five senses to gather input from our immediate environment and it requires concentration. I think that more than likely, when we engage in active thinking, we are accessing a higher frequency that brings into focus, things and possibilities we couldn’t perceive before. We are essentially pulling our heads out of the mud.
As we wipe the slop out of our eyes, the unseen comes into focus.
I wish I had more practical advice to offer about this and other mental health topics but I’m the leaky faucet trying to fix itself. I speak often in metaphors and have all of these “deep” thoughts about how the Universe/God works but the truth is, I will most likely forget about my new-found knowledge and go back to my usual self in approximately 2.4 hours.
I’m the wrench trying to hold itself. Think about that one for a minute.