October 9, 2019

Mindfulness

What is it?

“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” Mindful.org

Mindfulness allows us to purposefully disengage from autopilot mode and bring our full attention back to the present moment. This allows us to meet the here and now with full awareness and intention to make powerful choices and appreciation. Automatic pilot refers to some of the life skills we acquire e.g. to walk, eat, ride a bike and problem solve.

Switching ‘Mind Full’ to ‘Mindful’ mode

When we are engaged in autopilot (mind full / mindless) mode it can be particularly detrimental to us if we use it to process our emotional experiences. Our actual feelings can become removed from ourselves. We could even end up in a state of anxiety or depression. If we’d paid more attention to our thoughts and feelings at the time and thus increased our control of those experiences, feelings and reactions – then they may have prevented a downward cascade in our mental health.

Switching over from autopilot to mindful mode gives us the power to choose and appreciate thoughts, objects and people more. You can live the direct experience of the present moment. It allows one to have an openness and acceptance of the current moment, rather than just analysing and judging what is currently happening.

The Tale of Two Wolves – the power of choice 

Watch this video in full screen mode once and you will never forget this beautiful story.

People often look to external objects or experiences to bring satisfaction to our lives. Whether it be luxury holidays, a brand new pair of shoes, an expensive bottle of wine or even cosmetic surgery – these things are not long term happiness creating solutions.

Happiness is a state of being mindful of what comes from within. It comes from making the choices to be happy, not relying on external factors to do it for us. The more we are mindful in seeking true happiness and cherish it, the less we feed the evil wolf inside of us all.

You already have everything you need to be happy because you are whole in this moment. Happiness comes from feeding the good wolf from within and as he grows and becomes stronger, he becomes better equipped to handle life’s challenges. If you choose to feed only him, he will always win. 

by Dr Paul Baker

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