“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” ~James Baraz
“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” ~Sharon Salzberg
Being mindful, creating a distance between self awareness and your thought process when interacting with this universe you live in. This is a way for you to catch yourself and better decide a course of action that will be beneficial to you and those around you. If you have in the past had moments of self introspection and made an effort to understand the human brain and behavior then you realize that its very easy to become caught up in a thought process involved with an interaction with your environment(people, tasks, objects, situations). Many times we go along with a flow of thoughts and emotions that are like a raging river that we’re in and we make bad decisions because we have lost control over it. We have lost control because we have forgotten that we can rise above it and control our feelings and thoughts.
Through many practices be it meditation, day dreaming, learning through reading about the mind or experiences, many of us have come to realize that we can rise above the flow and select better courses of action and detrimental thoughts and emotions are not used. If you are at this point in your understanding of the human brain then you must keep faith in this knowledge. Never forget it.
So this post is about keeping the faith and make being mindful(rising above your thoughts and emotions) a normal part of your life so that you can make better decisions, strategies and interactions.
It’s so very easy to forget what you have learned about yourself, about human behavior, about the world. We can learn valuable information about ourselves yet slowly forget these facts and not incorporate them into our daily lives. Remember what you’ve learned and rise above the flow. Be mindful everyday.
Try and have visual triggers in strategic places you move through on a daily basis. Something that will make you think of being mindful and will push you to devote some time to learning. It can be a photograph, or a piece of artwork. Many times after moments of mindfulness and introspection we can get drowned in a maelstrom of thoughts and emotions that are produced by every day life and we forget to look inward. I believe a small object, a logo or insignia, a piece of art can be something that will help to spur you on to making your personal methods of self discovery an everyday practice.
- Use visual triggers.
- Make an effort and make time to read and learn some new piece of information you can add to your knowledge base of self discovery and the world.
- Make friends online and in your community with others to create a support base.
- Help others who are interested in self discovery.
- Think of changes in behavior and viewpoints you’ve made because of your journey that have made your life better. Another motivator.
Back to my own experience, its so easy to forget what you have learned, to not apply it and get caught up in acquiring things to display you are surviving and successful in the eyes of society. Being judgmental, looking at women only as objects of pleasure and doing drugs. I strayed far from what I had learned earlier in life and it took me a long time to embrace those teachings and truly make them a part of my life. To practice what they showed me what I could and should be doing. You can come to a great understanding of your true self and your interactions with the world yet it can be something that you can slowly let go of.