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Observing, Noticing, Recognising
It seems everyone talks about mindfulness now, but truly what is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is growing our capacity to practice paying kind, compassionate, non-judgmental attention to what is happening to us inwardly and outwardly in the present moment.
Inwardly: our thinking process, our thoughts, our emotions and body sensations.
Outwardly: what is happening around us (including others with and around us, our reactions to them, our reactions to our surroundings, and to what is happening there).
What mindfulness is not!
Mindfulness is not our default mode of operating in the world as a thinking, doing human being.
Mindfulness is not asking us to replace what we tend to call negative thinking with positive, happy thoughts.
Mindfulness is not asking us to be positive and happy all the time.
Mindfulness is not superficial. It is not a means to an end. Not something you can do for a time and then forget about. Mindfulness is about being truthful and authentic with ourselves and others as the moments of our lives unfold.
Mindfulness is not a switch we can turn on because we decide it’s a good idea to be more mindful.
Mindfulness is not that easy—but—mindfulness is also not hard.
It does take practice. When we commit to mindful practice, we stop battling against what we think is wrong in our life.
Mindfulness does not make what is wrong right. Instead, it allows us to see where, when and how the things we consider wrong belong.
Love means to learn to look at yourself
The way one looks at distant things
For you are only one thing among many.
And whoever sees that way heals his heart,
Without knowing it, from various ills.
A bird and a tree say to him: Friend.
Then he wants to use himself and things
So that they stand in the glow of ripeness.
It doesn’t matter whether he knows what he serves:
Who serves best doesn’t always understand.
by Czesław Miłosz