Mindfulness is a practice we undertake to see more clearly what is going on and what is coming up.
Mindfulness in the modern world has been presented in a skillful way “to manage stress and boost compassion, focus, empathy, patience, energy, and ultimately, happiness’ as presented by the web application Headspace. While these are certainly true statements, it is not mindfulness that gives these ‘improvements’. The reality is when we drop out of our habitual thinking patterns and focus on the present moment, the only moment available to us, we connect with our true nature. Over time, it becomes abundantly clear that our very being is without stress, our very being is compassion, is happiness. Actually, the current use of the word mindful comes from the sanskrit term ‘smrti’, which can also be translated as remembrance. As in to remembering to come back to the body. The first four original mindfulness practices are mindful walking, mindful sitting, mindful standing and mindful laying down. Since, we are always in one of these four states with our bodies, we can always become aware or remember to become aware of the one we are in at this moment.
This practice was developed in the ancient Indian traditions and brought to bear fruit through the schools of buddhism. By ‘brought to bear fruit’, I mean this is a direct practice that leads the practitioner to enlightenment.
Let’s be clear here: mindfulness is the practice that brings us to realize our true nature.
I imagine, for those reading this, it is not the first time coming into contact with the practice of mindfulness. If it is, then welcome and make yourself comfortable and take each step with ease, you are in the right place. If you already have a great deal of experience with the practice of mindfulness, it may be the time to take the practice one step further. As they say, don’t mind the leaves and branches, go straight for the root. Tell me, what is it?