A discipline conceived for a time without time
Modern society is a society of frenetic and feverish rhythms of life. The more we can do in a day, the better. The more tasks we manage to take on, the more success we will have. Time is money. We want everything at once, instantly.
We live our lives with the constant expectation of the next thing we have to do, and we lose sight of what we are doing now. We travel the world as on autopilot, worrying only about what will happen in the future and without paying attention to what we are doing in the present.
This philosophy of Western life is becoming detrimental to our well-being and quality of life; it can result in many pathologies and psychological problems. In this situation Mindfulness meditation can really help us.
Mindfulness meditation is a special tool among many meditation techniques. Those who resort to this type of meditation are people who generally do not have the chance or enough time for traditional meditation practices, but who do not want to give up its benefits.
How can Mindful meditation help me?
Mindfulness meditation helps us to go into a state of consciousness in which we feel more acute and bright, it helps our decisions to become more precise and balanced.
- To see yourself and other people, and be aware of the conditions in which everyone is.
- To listen to yourself and listen actively to what the conversation partner says and how he says it.
- To clearly feel your own emotions and those with whom you interact.
- To be aware of your own thoughts and to question them to determine their truth.
- To Know: to be able to make an image of what is happening as a whole and its details in particular.
Having gained awareness, opportunities open for you to act in a conscious, responsible and empowered way, leading your life by turning off the autopilot so that you are actively awakened in your life process.
Benefits of mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness or mindfulness meditation gives us all kinds of benefits:
- Reduce our stress and anxiety.
- Improves attention and shortens the cycle of intrusive thoughts. These are the thoughts that make us feel bad, weaken us and make us sick. Although we want to get rid of them, it is extremely difficult for us to leave them.
- Mindfulness or mindfulness meditation is a technique that has proven effectiveness in treating anxiety, depression and certain types of phobias.
- This practice helps to detach ourselves from our thoughts and feelings, and to see them more objectively. We are not the embodiment of our thoughts but we are responsible for what we do with them.
What is the basis of mindfulness meditation?
This type of meditation comes from Buddhist traditions, but its practice is independent of religion and spirituality. It is simply about focusing attention on the present moment, accepting it as it is, without the intention of changing it.
The fundamental principle is: the mind is not you.
We are used to thinking that the mind and I are one and the same, a whole and indivisible, but this is not true. (In this understanding of the mind, this Indian philosophy is similar to Buddhism.)
Our brain is a fairly complex structure with a large number of neural networks and connections, with billions of cells interacting with each other and knowing how to act, where and to which area of the brain they send a signal. This raises the question, what or who controls these processes? What or who is the symphony orchestra’s conductor? The school of Buddhism and Vedanta answer these questions in their own way, but their essence is that we and the mind are not the same. We can say that the awareness of this solves many problems in life, destroys limitations and attachments.
Mindfulness meditation allows us to develop the state of the observer, the witness, and helps us to weaken the identification with the individual consciousness. We learn to observe impartially and calmly, to be aware of all thoughts and events, not to evaluate them as bad or good, pleasant or unpleasant, or cause of suffering or joy. We just calmly observe the activity of our mind, without any reaction to the thoughts that arise. That is, we learn to perceive the mind or the place where our thoughts come from and where they are going, as something that is not me, as something that I can simply observe. You are not trying to change something or evaluate it somehow, but you become an external witness.