Recently, I received an ad for a training course called “Advanced Mindfulness”. Mindfulness has become a fad-word in the mental health field in recent years and many people are trying to package it and sell it like a bunch of bananas.
“Advanced Mindfulness,” I bellowed at my computer. “What will they come up with next — Advanced Sleeping?”
Many people have done their best to make mindfulness a mystery. The word has come to be regarded as some state of mind that only a handful of enlightened people can ever achieve. And those enlightened people have practiced for years. Nonsense!
We all are mindful at times.
Whenever, you just relax for a moment, take a deep breath and feel at peace, if only for a few seconds, you are being mindful.
Some of us become mindful on purpose. We do it by meditating or praying, or playing a musical instrument, or reading a reflection in a book, or just sitting still for a few minutes a day in our busy life.
I think it’s important to do that.
However, it is not complicated and you don’t need an advanced course or even a basic course. Just sit still and relax for a few seconds. After a week or so, you will be doing it for a few minutes. One day, you will realize that you enjoy sitting peacefully for a few minutes.
Then you can tell others that you practice mindful meditation daily and when they say, “I don’t know how to do that,” you can smile knowingly and let them think you are terribly enlightened.
Plain and Simple Advice
Next time you have too much to do and are running around like a scalded toad, or you are running in circles, getting nothing done and feeling exhausted anyway — STOP!
Sit down, close you eyes, take three very, very deep breaths. Then just sit quietly — quietly — quietly. If it helps, put on music. If it helps, talk to God, whoever you imagine that to be. If it helps, think about anything that you find pleasant.
Give yourself permission to do nothing for a few minutes — you need it — you deserve it — just do it.
Mindfulness is so easy — you can’t do it wrong.