“It seems that if I want to be psychologically healthy, I need to ape the faithful. And it turns out I am already on the right track. I have recently, like many others, become interested in subjects such as yoga and mindfulness – a secular type of meditation.
Such fields were once considered flaky, but now that their health benefits are proven, not least in the way they strengthen prefrontal lobes in the brain, it would be foolish to dismiss them.
We’ve granted quasi-religious status to wellbeing pursuits such as mindfulness. It’s like soft Buddhism and it’s no bad thing, We are so busy, so wound up, so the recognition that we are not machines and need to find therapeutic ways to deal with our stress is very welcome, however it comes about.” Sunday Times
What strikes me about this quote is how generally confused it sounds – a jumble of thoughts and comments with only the first part of the last sentence something we can all relate to.
And yet mindfulness is really very simple, though it may not always be easy. What happens in our brain, relating mindfulness to religious beliefs or secular methods, and needing to copy others, are all unnecessary for living in the now. All you have to do is be here now. And even that has little to do with doing and everything to do with being. Use your senses to bring you into this moment. Or use conscious breathing. Allow the chatter in your mind to be replaced by stillness. Rest there. You are the awareness. No research or definition is necessary. Resting in that stillness you experience mindfulness and you are living in the now. (Chapt 1: Awareness)
Be kind and gentle to yourself.
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