Someone asked me today what mindfulness actually was, and this is what I came up with. Of course, it only answers a very small part of the question, but is a start of what may be an exploration of our connection with wider frameworks of non physical consciousness.
Mindfulness is a form of meditation that has its roots in eastern tradition. It has taken the best of eastern meditation approaches and adapted them to the western world so removing the dogma and cultural association. Its benefits are just the same as the eastern approach, but its application has been made relevant to our western mindset.
Most people think we are made up of two parts: genetics (the nature aspect) and our environment (the nurture aspect), but I believe there is a third component to our makeup, which is the energetic, or as some call it, the spiritual part of us. That is the part of us that connects into a larger realm of consciousness or subtle energies.
We tend to lead our lives as if we are contained within our bodies and our brains, constrained by our thought processes and our bodily processes. But if we allow the boundary around ourselves to become permeable, then we can connect into this subtle energy aspect of ourselves. It is that aspect of ourselves that allows us to achieve greater vitality and a sense of connectedness: to others and to a larger whole.
We each come with our own unique energetic aspect, and if we achieve a greater connection with that energetic aspect, then we can begin to live our lives more fully and meaningfully and begin to find a connection with our purpose for being here.
For we are each part of our own larger whole, and the meaning for us to be here physically, rather than exist as non physical energy, is so that we can learn what it is like to be in this world, and impart that learning to our larger selves, whilst being guided by our larger self to take the more effective route.
Learning to be mindful has two threads to it. Firstly, it is to cultivate that connection through the permeable membrane between our physical selves and our energetic larger selves, through meditative approaches. And secondly, mindfulness also has an application in day to day life in enabling us to become more aware of each action we take so that we can lead our lives in a more healthy way.
In learning to be mindful in our day to day activities, we create the space for ourselves to start understanding ourselves, and others around us in a clearer way, so that we can work in community rather than in isolation.
In learning to be mindful through meditation we allow ourselves to relax and unwind, and that allows the still small voice of our larger selves, our essence, to commune, and indeed, communicate subtly to us, to guide us and encourage. We begin to feel less isolated, and in an intangible way, much safer in our world, though we can’t quite put a finger on how that has happened. We develop an inner calm and peace- a stillness and serenity, which ripples out around us as we undertake our daily activities.
I shall shortly be posting some useful pointers for how to learn mindfulness. In the meantime, I hold a weekly evening meditation at 8pm on Tuesdays, which many have found useful as a starter on their travels.