“Pure mindfulness is relaxed, open, lucid, moment-to-moment awareness. It is like a bright mirror: non-clinging, non-grasping, non-aversive, non-reactive, un-distorting…Present awareness and mindfulness implies an understanding of what we are doing and saying.” ~ Lama Surya Das
Mindfulness is a bit of a buzz word.
Is it a goal?
Something we aim for?
Is it something we can even truly define and understand?
Is it a fantastic way to increase our productivity?
Will it make us happy?
Are you eating mindfully?
Mindful in relationships?
What does mindfulness mean to you?
Mindfulness to me is the way I go about my day. The manner of travelling.
It isn’t a goal or destination.
It’s a bit like driving carefully.
Goals are destinations. Means of travelling is driving. And I aim to drive safely. Carefully.
We can set our goals. Then we plan how we are going to achieve them. Next, we add mindfulness.
It’s not easy.
Staying present can be really hard work.
Limited time. Multi-tasking. Trying to get more done in less time. To fit more in.
Not everything is done better faster. Sometimes we need to take the time.
Bedtime stories. Couch snuggles. They can’t be done better in less time.
Be present. Be aware. Slow it down.