Mind is a beautiful tool given to each one of us by nature. It can also be called a source from where thoughts emerge.
But have you ever found yourself caught in the web of thoughts that it becomes impossible to live in harmony?
Do you feel that most of the time you are living is in the past or in the future?
Such a mind becomes a source of misery instead of joy. One becomes his own enemy in such situations and wonders how to deal with them. Here comes ‘mindfulness’ to your rescue.
Mindfulness is an emerging term that finds its roots in a Buddhist practice, Satipathana which means “keeping your attention inside”.
It is an amazing tool to train your mind to live in awareness every moment. Circumstances might change but being mindful of them produces a shift in the way you respond to them.
All of us live as per our conditioning and react to events accordingly. At times, one tends to feel disappointed when something happens not according to his expectations. This might also lead to sorrows, anxiety and in some cases depression and suicide as well. On the other hand, when something happens as per one’s expectations, it arises attachment and desire for more.
Mindfulness teaches one how to look at circumstances as they are and not as one would want them to be. When one deeply understands that ‘change is the only thing which is constant’, one cheerfully accepts whatever comes in his life with equanimity.
Mindfulness can be practiced in two forms: Active and passive.
While active mindfulness may involve just being aware of whatever activity you are engaged in like cooking, bathing, gardening, etc. , passive mindfulness would require you to be just doing nothing and be observant of your breath. The horizon of awareness expands from one’s breath to body sensations and to whatever is happening in one’s surroundings. Thoughts are bound to arise when one embarks on this journey of ‘doing nothing’. In those moments, one should just allow them to arise and pass by without giving any attention. If one gets carried away in the stream of thoughts, one can bring back their attention to breath.
Like developing any muscle of your body, it takes time to train the muscle of your mind to be in the present moment. So, one has to be patient with oneself while your mind is cracking a new code to function in the present moment.