Yoga and mindfulness
People often ask me what is mindfulness or mindful living?
Mindful living is when your past is not interfering with your present, and worries about the future are not interfering with your present.
When you are free from the worries of the past and worries of the future and you are living moment-to-moment – that is true mindful living.
Mindfulness IS better concentration and becoming more patient.
Patience is something that many people today do not have. Society has created this cycle of impatience – we want everything in an instant, even mindfulness. Our minds have become so weak we have wanted to create something new. But the point is that true mindfulness is not new. It is a wisdom that we learn with patience, concentration and through meditation.
People today do not deal with the real issue. People today are looking for a quick fix, and it is never going to work.
The real issue is our inability to have one focus in our lives. So, for example, every new situation that appears in our life, we must to reinvent ourselves to adapt to that new situation. For instance, when we get married, we have to adapt; when we get a new job, we must adapt then too.
The challenge comes when these new situations appear in our lives, as we have not been taught to be flexible. That is because we have learnt to be rigid in our thinking. To operate mechanically and to operate from instruction.
We have never been trained to think flexibly.
This is concerning, because the only thing in life that is certain is change.
To really live consciously, it takes practice. To achieve true mindfulness, your mind needs to be fully developed. And not only in the area you trained in (i.e. your area of expertise or success), but in ALL areas in your life.
To develop your mind, you need to deal with the incomplete issues. This is achieved through mediation. It takes 23 minutes to process all of our thoughts. So, if you meditate for 23 minutes, then one thought cycle is processed. Just like a washing machine, some thoughts need 23 minutes to process, some need longer.
When you practice shorter meditation, some old thoughts do show up – this is because the process you started has not completed. So, I recommend the minimum time to sit and process thoughts through meditation is 25 minutes. Any shorter, then you are not completing the cycle and it creates more disruption than help.
It is important to practice this as we have a limit, and if we don’t deal with our incomplete issues, people go into a depression and their mind doesn’t work. Then, the pressure is on for them to deal with all of their incomplete issues in one go.
Real mindfulness is when you can see the real balance in your life and the fulfilment within it.
Living moment-to-moment can only be achieved through a connection to the soul.
This is the key.