What Does It Mean To Be Mindful
In the last twelve years, we’ve learned more about the brain than we’ve learned in the last three thousand years of human existence, the FMRI ma-chine has done for the study of the brain what the microscope did for the study of microbes, germs, and cells. It’s opened up an entirely new world of understanding and possibility.
The greatest of these understandings is that those thought practitioners, the men and women who spent their lives meditating, contemplating, and being more consciously aware of their own presence, have actually been harnessing unique and special connections in their brain.
We have now discovered that the mind and the brain are two different things for which function together, and though there is still some debate, it is often felt, and shown through the current research that the mind can shape the brain just as effectively as the brain can shape the mind.
This is to say that with enough focus one can create happiness even when depressed, with enough focus a person can change their mood, they can change their actions, they can change just about anything in their lives to live better and more fulfilling lives.
Often people think of Mindfulness in the Buddhist tradition, and though there are some great books on mindfulness from Buddhist Monastic writers and from great men like Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dali Lama, Mindfulness does not have to be a religious act of any kind.
Being mindful does not require meditation in a monastery saying “Ahmmm!” Mindfulness is not something reached just by enlightened individuals who have spent their entire lives seeking peace.
Mindfulness is a state for which we all enter and leave consistently throughout the day. The closer one is connected with their mind, the more one is connected with their life.
To be mindful is the ultimate goal that people should strive for. To be present and conscious of their choices, their decisions, their moods, attitudes, judgments, and beliefs at any moment, at any time, for which, then they are able to take the subjective, that which they feel, and put it in an objective frame.
When one does this, there is greater peace, calm, and overall serenity in their lives. They are more optimistic, more strategic and deliberate, more organized, and less likely to allow for assumptions to rule their decisions. That is what has been revealed time and time again through our growing knowledge of the brain.
When a person is more aware of what’s happening with themselves at any one moment, not stuck either in the past, or in the future, for which much of pain and grief lie, you are more tuned into your life, able to see and appreciate things at a different level. The world burns brighter and your life burns brighter as well.