Mindfulness simply means paying full attention to what is currently being done, whether you are eating a meal or teaching a child. In this state of alertness and meditation, there is complete enjoyment of work, its quality increases and there is no additional tension in the body and mind.
There are two ways to live life. detachment or detachment from the world. Shankara calls this attachment to the world as ‘maya’ and Buddha ‘suffering’. All the Buddhas and incarnations, who have touched the peak of consciousness, have given the vision of life for detachment from the world, that is to see the world awake. Today in the whole world there is complete agreement about any thought or word, then it is mindfulness. In the spiritual world, this and related practices are known as ‘awareness meditation’, ‘conscious meditation’, ‘witness meditation’, ‘living in the present’. This practice has become popular all over the world in the name of mindfulness after scientifically tested and tested. It can be practiced anytime, anywhere – walking, sitting, eating, drinking tea, talking, even while taking a bath.
Now it’s just the opposite
Thoughts are constantly running in our mind – we live in the world of these thoughts. We either live in the past or in the future. The pain of the past and the worry of the future get entangled in the whirlpool of these two types of thoughts and their chain. Human brain is on auto-pilot mode most of the time. This means that we do all our daily activities without thinking through a stable thought chain and strong habitual behavior. From the way mobile phones are used to responding to one’s behavior, to daydreaming, to falling into the trap of negative thoughts again and again, everything becomes automatic. This is called mindlessness, in which the most mental and physical energy is wasted and meaningful decisions and actions are not taken.
Psychologists from all over the world have unanimously described mindfulness meditation as an effective way to come out of the state of mindlessness and reduce the side effects of auto-pilot mode, and now it is used as a therapy to solve mental and physical problems. being done. Jim Cobbett Jin, the inventor of a mindfulness-based stress reduction technique called MBSR, says that mindfulness means being aware and being aware is knowing what we are doing in the present moment.
Actually, whatever thoughts are going on in our mind, it considers them to be true. For example, if you are reading a travelogue, the brain creates the feeling that we are actually traveling. That is, our brain is not able to differentiate between what is actually happening and what is happening in the thought world. Neuroscientists did an experiment to prove this. Under this, a person was asked to imagine running in the field and his brain was tested simultaneously. It was seen that the very idea of running caused the same reaction in his mind that he would have actually run. In such a situation a tension was created in the body.
Today it is being seen in every aspect of life. Whenever we eat food, we are busy in some thought or emotion, in mobile, in television. In such a situation, we are not present with the food. So our mind and brain are not ready for food, so the digestive juices needed to digest food are not secreted at that time. Digestive juices begin with saliva in the mouth. Saliva is formed only when we are fully conscious towards food. Due to mental busyness, more food is also taken. Sometimes even after watching violent scenes, food is taken. In this case the food becomes toxic. The result of this is the digestive diseases which are the parent of all diseases.
try two experiments
The basic needs of the body are breathing and food. If these are not taken properly, then the person becomes ill. This is the cause of all problems whether it is cardiovascular, stress related or digestive related.
First: mindful breath
Tic Nhat Hanh, a famous Vietnamese Buddhist thinker, says that mindfulness is breathing to observe your breathing without any changes. Since we all live under stress – under stress we all have shallow breathing. Now with awareness watch your breath coming and going, feel the breath coming in your nose – watch it go through the chest, watch till the end, then watch it come back. Feel the warmth and coolness of the air. You will find that your mind and body begin to relax, the speed of thoughts starts decreasing. With this exercise, the stress level decreases rapidly. This exercise can be done anytime anywhere.
Second: food only
Start the food experiment with one thing. At that time stay away from phone etc.
Take any one fruit like apple or orange. Now sit down and feel aware of the environment around you. First of all, focus on your breath for a minute to relax yourself. Take that fruit in your hands and feel its weight, size, temperature. Close the eyes slowly and bring that fruit near your nose, inhale its fragrance. After that peel it. Feel the coolness of the drops of juice you see falling on your hands while peeling. Now bring the peeled fruit slowly towards your mouth, then do not be in a hurry to eat and bite it, put it in your mouth first.