Monday, December 7, 2015

From "Mindfulness for Dummies"

By Shamash Alidina. (Had to type this out in full because it is so freaking awesome)


Mindfulness is simple but not easy. The simple bit is that mindfulness is about being aware and paying attention The not-so-easy bit is having the discipline to practise regularly and the ability to trust in the process, no matter how wild your mind appears to be.

Mindfulness has a sense of simple flow about it - doing less rather than more; thinking less rather than more; going with the flow of life rather than spending life wrestling with complications created by the mind.

Here's an example of the simplicity yet difficulty of mindfulness. Right now, if you're aware of the weight of the book in your hand, you're being mindful. If you walk out of the room you're in and feel your feet on the ground, you're being mindful. So mindfulness is simple. However, the difficult bit is overcoming your current habitual thought patterns, which have been strengthening for however long you've be on this planet, and are naturally very powerful. When you put this book down and walk off, notice how long it takes before you're lost in an ocean of thoughts, feelings, stories, frustrations and desires.

If you find meditating boring, you have a few choices:

* Reduce the length of time you meditate

* Become curious about boredom

* Let the feeling of boredom go, and re-focus on the present moment again and again

* Accept the boredom as part and parcel of life and keep meditating - the boredom will soon pass.

Ultimately, no matter how much trouble you have being mindful, and no matter how confused or bored you may be occasionally, you have a deep and powerful aspect of yourself that nothing can ever touch. Awareness is a mysterious aspect of being human that remains beyond the understanding of science. Awareness is always there, at the root of your being, ever shining, ever knowing. Even when you were lost in thought or caught up in the darkest, most frightening emotion or situation, you were aware, at some level, of what was going on, both inside and outside of yourself.


  1. When I found yoga, what kept me going back was the second sutra
    Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind.

    My mind was so full of harsh and self limiting thoughts. I would have tried anything.

    Yoga cultivated mindfullness. And it works.

  2. Dear Mrs. D,
    I am committing publicly to 100 Days of mediation.
    I have mediated before and I loved it.
    Now I am out of the habit, and I am saying I will do it here, and also on FB!