posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 10:11 AM
What is the biggest difference between someone living in 2009 and 1909? Distractions.
Everywhere we look there is something trying to grab our attention. Whether it be a pop-up ad, a call on our cell phones, ipods, bills, credit offers,
or the news telling us how screwed the world is. The fact is we are bombarded every single day of our lives. Our minds are constantly grabbing on
to new thoughts and darting off in different directions, not even aware of how unconscious we are.
This has done a number on the human mind. One hundred years ago you had your job and your family. Things were simple and the mind had more time to
enjoy what was happening in the moment. Kids would go outside and enjoy nature. Now they go on 4 hour halo binges in the basement.
Whats is being taken away from us with all of these distractions is Mindfulness. We have forgotten how to live in the moment and in
doing so, we have created a number of new problems for ourselves.
Mindfulness is the most important thing we can strive to achieve in our lifetimes, and I will offer a few tips for working on this achievement.
Word of Warning
Striving to achieve mindfulness creates an interesting paradox. You can not strive to be mindful for its rewards, as that puts you in the future,
rather you have to trust that your rewards will come. You must let go and stop judging and labeling every event in your life, because in the long run,
you never know what is good or bad for you.
Tip #1. Realize the you are not your thoughts.
Becoming mindful is not a switch you can flip. It takes work, like going to school to study something. You have to focus on being mindful as much as
you possibly can. Believe me it can be difficult. I have been practicing this for almost 2 years now and I am lucky if i am mindful for an hour a day.
I started with minutes. The first trick it the hardest to realize, but once you do, you are freed from the prison that is your mind.
We are taught that we are the thoughts that zoom through your mind every 3 seconds. We judge ourselves based on these random thoughts that occupy our
minds. Example: Your co-worker gets fired and your first thought is, how can this benefit me? You will look back and judge your self and think, what a
crappy person I am for thinking that. Let me tell you that you are not your thoughts.
Your higher self resides above the computer like brain and it is your true self. Take time to ponder the difference between the two. The goal is to be
able to rise above your thoughts and observe them as you would observe a news feed on your computer. They are not you. Think of them as bubbles in the
ocean rising up. You can choose to latch on to these bubbles and float to the top (unconsciousness), or let them float on by and have a little laugh
at how silly they are.
To be continued...
[edit on 31-3-2009 by bringthelight]