mindfulness

The Importance of Mindfulness


Being cognizant is not necessarily the same thing as being mindful. Being aware of something does not necessarily mean that you will remain mindful in your thoughts and actions after this ‘awareness acknowledgement’ has taken place.

It can be understood that what you pay attention to, you will become aware of, but there has to be a conscious decision to start the process of observation. When this process is directed at the Self, many important observations can be made in relation to parts of the self that need to be worked on or channeled differently in order to create balance within the whole.

When a person decides to be mindful of the Self, they are taking their consciousness and redirecting their energy to be mindful about their actions, in-actions and reactions in everyday life. This process can be very arduous or very easy, depending wholly on one’s perspective and perception.

Personal growth isn’t usually an easy feat, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult or as challenging as we make it out to be, especially when we make these observations about ourselves with a stressed mind.

One way of thinking about this is to imagine our mind as a flowing river of water. The more chaotic our thoughts are, the less clear the water is to reflect the things in life as they really are, simple. Or at least much less complicated than we make them out to be.

Instead of viewing life as full of tasks that we must accomplish in order to be happy, a shift of perspective would be to view it instead a simply having an experience that we ultimately needed in the long run to become who we are. Therefore, we all must change our attitude in order to liberate ourselves these negative feelings. Nothing can bother you if you don’t allow you to bother yourself. This may sound silly but its just like when Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

This is because everything that bothers you is an external manifestation of something within that you wish to change. And what is change if not just a ripple in the water?

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And while it’s admittedly frustrating, it’s actually better to have the ripples muddle your stream once in a while, isn’t it? Because in the end, we generally tend to realize that it is better to embrace the changing waves of time than to sit idly in calm waters and never expect the tides to change. Such would be a task of a fool, and yet as irony would have it, time and time again we seem so surprised when the abrupt depths of change blindsides us and washes over us “unexpectedly”.

Being mindful of ourselves is to be mindful of these ripples as being part of the stream itself. That the ripples are only temporary and the chaos of the moving water will always propel you forward; its just to what end that is the unknown (and to some, half the adventure).

Taking a moment to acknowledge and simply observe the Self and actions of the Self is the first step. Do not make judgments about what you observe when you take the time to watch yourself. Simply pay more attention to everything you do and (with the least amount of emotional reaction) ask yourself in a constant query of reflection, “Why do I do this?” or “Why did I react that way?” and “Do I enjoy the way I reacted or acted to this situation?”.

As rudimentary as all this seems, you become hyper aware of yourself, as well as your reactions and emotions and the benefits from this form of self improvement are worth writing a few books about.

After enough observation is complete, we can act. Start taking all of those observations you made about yourself and put your reactions of them into your physical daily actions. For instance; if you don’t like the way you respond to something, you will now have the building blocks for learning how to deal with them better by looking at your response in a healthier way to help make the adjustments in your behavior that make you feel better about yourself.

The part of the Self known as the Ego often would have us believe nothing about us needs changing, though in fact we are change and change is one of the only true constants we will see in our lifetime. Moving with the change rather than against it, is far more conducive to personal ascension than by creating these emotional roadblocks that we were all taught to live with.

Resentment is an interesting part of human emotion and thought processing.

The reasons for the feelings of resentment are not necessarily the important part to consider when being mindful of this recognition.

The fact is we all create resentments in our minds all the time. We do this automatically out of an emotional reaction to feeling pain. Our body and our minds have incredible mechanisms to prevent this from affecting us like it could, but the funny thing about this is that until we become mindful of this process; it just repeats itself and we are never able to fully let it go and let ourselves grow.

The Fear of being affected by that feeling of pain again, whether it be ridicule or a moment of extreme hardship, is driven by the desire to be free of the possibility of ever dealing with that kind of situation that created the pain in the first place and our unexplored reaction to this is what resentment stems from, or possibly is what resentment is in totality but that isn’t the important part of this lesson.

 Instead, try to be mindful of the fact that resentment is present in the first place.

By not resisting the fact that this feeling is there, and is a natural reaction your emotional body creates, you will become much more content in your everyday life by not allowing resentment to take hold of your subconscious. By being mindful of reactions you have, such as anger and resentment, but not getting upset with yourself merely for having them allows you to pay better attention to your faults in order to strengthen your weaknesses (and improve your strengths as well).

This is because you will be paying more attention to where the source of this energy is coming from, the root of resentment so to speak.

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After acknowledging the roots without personal judgment or condemnation, one can take the time to shower yourself with exactly what you now know you need; thoughts and feelings that are opposite in nature to the ones that bothered you. Even though these situations that create these negative emotions vary from person to person, a really interesting thing is that it is the same element that seems to rectify these problems no matter what or whom is involved: love.

The consciousness of acceptance, the very essence of understanding is in itself an expression of Love because it is opposite to the energies that Fear brings and especially the ignorance associated with the lower impulses of Fear based consciousness.

Carrying these resentment for long is similar to carrying a poison deep within your chest, damaging you both physically and emotionally. So in letting your mind experience the new energies you created by being mindful of your emotions, you actually create energy within your mind that are completely opposite of what was so detrimental. Eventually the poisonous emotions ebb and drain from your psyche, and you will begin to see how useful letting go and the art of mindfulness can truly be.

My advice? Speak mindfully, eat mindfully, think mindfully, and you will realize being mindful comes not as a second nature but by pure instincts! Being mindful is a method of creating harmony in one’s life, and by extension everyone’s lives around you.

Mindfulness is much more than just being aware, it is a process that requires a person to work at observing what seems to come naturally to ourselves; and then taking the time to apply the changes you want to observe. It really is just like when Gandhi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

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Eric Anthony Crew

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