We all know what mindfulness is, the ability to be in the present moment and to be more involved in the direct experience of what is happening now. It is the ability to notice what is happening without judgment or just to sit with experience in the here and now. Mindfulness is a practice of seeing, observing and accepting.
Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness is this “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
If our smart phones were indeed smart they would contain an app for remembering to be mindful. If we had this app we could stop the fluctuations of the mind controlling us like a joy stick. If we had a mindful app we would be able to use it in the following ways;
To overcome addiction; To smoking, overeating, comfort eating, mindless eating, over drinking, binge drinking, drug taking.
To practice self-compassion as opposed to self criticism; We would note when the brain has defaulted from being kind to being analytical of ourselves.
To not repeat reactive behaviours; Jumping for the phone as soon as it rings, reading our texts as soon as we wake, eating something if we are upset.
To not waste time; On computers, in front of the TV, day dreaming about something better in our lives.
To eliminate the ‘been there done that mind frame’; And enjoy each experience as if it was the first time.
To not zone out on everyday activities; Even tooth brushing is a chance to feel and explore mindfulness.
To slow down; While we drive, eat, talk, while we walk.
To appreciate things more; To see beauty in all that passes us even if we have seen it one hundred times. To look at things in a new way.
To feel things differently ; To be sensitive to our physical bodies, to practice mindful breathing to help us experience pain in a less reactive way
To be less reactive to those around us; By taking time to answer we move into response mode rather than reaction. This is ultimately kinder to the other person.
To be present; Not to live in the worry of the past of the anxiety of the future.
Practice for today: Each moment is a chance to be mindful and present. If you are not practicing mindfulness, not fully in what you are doing now, you are nowhere. Be here now.