Mindfulness is the practice of complete non-judgemental and non-reactive state of awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions or experience on moment-to-moment basis. Jon Kabat Zins rightly defines mindfulness as: “Paying attention on purpose in the present moment and, non-judgementally. Thus the three pillars of mindfulness can rightly be put as – purpose, present moment, and non-judgemental.
Purpose is a conscious and deliberate direction of our attention to the present moment.
Present moment is living in the peace and freedom of now keeping the habitual wandering thoughts of replaying past and projecting future at bay.
Non-judgemental is the detachment to thoughts, it is not the thought but the attachment to thoughts that causes suffering. A thought is a raft designed to take you to another shore. Once you arrive you don’t need to carry the raft around on your head but leave it behind on the bank. Detachment comes from the radical acceptance of thoughts.
Mindfulness further can be broadly divided into two forms of practices i.e. formal and informal practice.
Formal practice last generally for an hour or two just as meditation but
Informal practice is being mindful 24 hours a day, just as a routine activity done with full attention and awareness.
The practice of mindfulness is the simple aiming of paying attention to our experience without judging them. It is mindfully shifting of attention again and again from wandering imaginary thoughts of past and future to the sensational experiences of the present moment. This radical acceptance of thoughts without interpreting and supressing them transports you to the realm of stillness, spontaneity and spaciousness of mind in the present moment after a long practice. This constant efforting of attention can become a effortful doing in the beginning but an effortless experience afterward.
But there is a trap which mature practitioner generally fall into i.e. non-judgemental awareness is plagued with the “judging trap”. When we are trying not to judge, then we are judging the judging. While the judger is trying not to judge the everyday mind thoughts of own experiences he is the judger of the thoughts of how the judging is going. The deconstruction of the thoughts of as to how the judging is going just in the similar way as we neutralised the everyday thoughts brings in an effortless and long lasting awakening.
To conclude I can say relax taking a breath and loving the now . Thoughts of planning leaves the regrets of not accomplishing them and the most blissful moments often happens unplanned . Thus we need no steroid for curing the plaguing mind, mindfulness is just the solution, which is the true nature of mind.
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