When one first discovers the practice of mindfulness, it can seem like a never-ending rigorous pursuit of self-development that must always be done in each moment.
However, once we have decided to consciously become more aware in each moment, interesting insights begin to emerge.
One of these insights is what I call natural mindfulness. Or becoming aware naturally in the present moment.
We find that when we engage in different behaviors. Or we are immersed in particular environments, we naturally become more aware.
If you have ever been to an art gallery, seen live music or maybe even learned to surf. Your attention would have been on the task at hand, even if that task was appreciating art.
Most sports have the capacity to take us into this awareness. When we have a strong focus on the task at hand.
So what does this all mean?
Well once we begin to notice when these natural occurrences of awareness happen, We realize that mindfulness is a natural process.
This allows us to be easier on ourselves when we feel that we aren’t getting anywhere with the practice.
Not only is recognizing our natural mindfulness a great achievement in itself. It also gives us the insight to recognize when we are not mindful. When our attention isn’t on being mindful as a goal. So this insight has two great benefits.
If there is any attitude that we could say mindfulness encourages it would be a non-judgmental attitude.
Once we understand that mindfulness is an experience it’s important to notice how and why we develop a non-judgmental attitude. Without using any belief system’s or imposing rigid values on ourselves or others.
The first thing we notice in the journey of adopting acceptance into our lives is the characteristics of this awareness.
We know that when we are aware that the experience is all inclusive. It doesn’t discriminate any bodily sensations thoughts or emotions.
Bare perceiving doesn’t discriminate on any sensory information either it is thinking that does through our opinions. For instance you’re eye’s don’t have any opinion about what you are seeing they simply let light in to be interpreted by the brain.
So once we start to embody this awareness we become more interested in the observation of what’s going on internally and externally.
This bare experience automatically takes us out of the thinking mind. Having said that this does not mean we don’t experience pain. Let down, or depression, but the observation does dilute the engagement and identification with these emotional states which in turn decreases stress.
This is the first step in moving towards a non-judgmental attitude.
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Mindfulness has a lot of definitions some definitions are.
- Being in the present moment
- Discovering you’re true nature
- Becoming fully human
However i like to define mindfulness as an experience.
I say this because while other definitions are valid they can have a tendency to imply mindfulness is a spiritual practise. That we need to attain or on the other hand an intellectual pursuit.
A lot of people still consider mindfulness thoughtfulness, being considerate or even uncovering belief systems. These are definitely by products of being aware but they don’t point to the direct experience.
When i say mindfulness is an experience i mean it is something to be done NOT THOUGHT ABOUT. I also mean it’s an ever present experience.
While u are reading this post you are already aware and not in deep sleep. However if you pause you’re thinking for even 1 second you would notice you are still aware without thoughts and your mental story. So we are talking about bare consciousness.
Essentially you are experiencing what you already are.