Not part of the to-do list

Barney Ronay in The Guardian has this to say about Mindfulness:

“So far this week I have received three press releases on mindfulness. At Google HQ in Dublin, something called Wisdom 2.0 Europe has been staging a huge mindfulness themed event for tech companies. A Surrey University study has suggested that tech-based mindfulness aids – including an app with an alarm to warn you to be more calm – have tangible benefits on stress levels and (key detail) productivity. … The appeal of mindfulness is its promise as a coping mechanism, a place to hide, a minute’s peace. Instead it has become another item on the to-do list, a heavily marketed measure of lifestyle adequacy.”

Mindfulness, living in the Now, cannot in truth become another item on the to-do list. Present moment awareness is not about doing: it is about being. It is about letting go, not about accumulating. That mindfulness can help us to cope, is true. Being fully present has nothing to do with hiding – it has everything to do with the reality of this moment. It does bring inner peace.

“Living in the Now is not about self-improvement; it is about self-awareness, so go easy on yourself. One of the aims of mindfulness practices is to lessen stress, not to add another ‘must’ or ‘should’ to your thinking. Practise awareness when you think about it. That is good enough. If you don’t remember it until you read another blog here, don’t beat yourself up about something that is already in the past. Simply come into the present moment Now. Live in the Now as much as you can – then you can judge for yourself.” ( Chapt 1: Awareness)

Be kind and gentle with yourself.

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About Jill M Jacques

I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have spent most of my life here doing the usual things - marrying, having children and caring for an array of pets ranging from dogs to silkworms and chameleons. I first became interested in philosphy and its practical application in everyday life in my early 20s and spent many years as part of a group that pursued this goal. Drawing on this experience, I have been running "How to live in the Now" programmes for over 10 years. I wrote this book in response to requests from group members for something "simple and practical". I tend to see the funny side of life situations and enjoy writing humorous back pages as well as short stories and some poetry. Some of these have been published. Being here now is what really matters.
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