The technique of mindfulness is typically described as “being aware of the present moment”.
But what does it really mean? What is this awareness of the present moment? How can we be aware and why?
Where can we find these answers? Are they in books?
No matter how precise and profound intellectual explanations are, they can`t sufficiently explain reality, which exists beyond the mind. Also the experiences of others are their own, they are not ours. And if we just think about mindfulness – we are only thinking about it.
To understand mindfulness, you need to be mindful. There is no other way of knowing it, then to actually experience it.
If we wish to be aware, we need to understand that we are living in an imaginary world, and that we need to wake up to reality – through the use of our senses and our mind.
Keep Observing in a Detached Way
This is the key to staying in the now. Then add to it your firm willpower to stay aware in an impartial way and the door of higher perception will open to you. Remember not to go along with your thoughts, which can distract you from staying in the now.
Watch your chattering mind, direct it when needed. Try to see all, that you can see. Become perceptive and alert to what is going on in this fleeting moment of time.
Feel and know that you are the Observer. There is a lot to explore…
Find out how mindfulness is much more than a “practice” – it is the way of life – a wonderful and a superior way of being.
Awareness is natural and simple. To be successful, your efforts to wake up psychologically need to be sincere and serious.
For instance, if you wish to be aware of your sense of vision – simply look carefully with your eyes, so that you can clearly see your surroundings, as well as knowing, that you are just seeing.
The time to wake up psychologically, is always now.
Is this World just an Illusion?
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one” (Albert Einstein)
Everything is relative, of course. The world we see depends on the state of the world and our capacity of seeing.
Everyday, we have around 50 000 of thoughts affecting our perception and shaping our vision of reality. What matters however, is how we deal with it.
Spiritual reality is often believed to be fake and is ridiculed by those who tend to be satisfied with their status quo and believe that there is no real value in things beyond their habitual perception, driven by self-glorification, seeking different pleasures, accumulating wealth, etc.
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy” (William Shakespeare)
“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:5).
But even modern science, which is still based solely on materialistic beliefs, regularly makes discoveries that show that our world is multidimensional and the reality is incredibly complex. The sad irony is that while many great scientists are sincere seekers of the spiritual, their establishment tends to have its own agenda, far removed from genuine spirituality.
The immortal universal and divine message, the knowledge of which has been passed down throughout the history of mankind in many forms, is that our human capacities are limited, but at the same time are enough to allow for an amazing inner transformation. Yes, we can become a greater part of a greater reality. That is why we are here.
If you can perceive clearly through your five senses – then you can perceive, more or less clearly, what is going on beyond them.
If you keep progressing with your internal work, then you can dramatically increase your capacity of observation to a much greater level, and consequently, your whole life can become more meaningful and real.
In a way it is similar to climbing a mountain. When you start at the bottom, you can not see the top – it can appear as though the summit does not exist! Climbing is hard and risky, why even bother going there, why not simply read a book or watch a movie about other people doing it?
But when you actually attempt the climb, whatever drives your heart there, gradually, if you do it well – you will get closer and closer to the top of the mountain. The higher you climb, the more you see the surroundings from a higher perspective, the more you know the mountain and yourself.
What is the Importance of Mindfulness?
The Spirit is locked within matter for a reason. The spark of light is mixed with darkness, so it can fight it, transform it, and eventually, become the Great Light.
Each sense has its own limitations; they are given to us to develop our consciousness within their framework, with the aim of discovering true freedom and other spiritual qualities.
It is impossible to find true peace while indulging in passive indifference and laziness; it is impossible to find true love while daydreaming in lust and passion.
All spiritual virtues, always appear from awareness.
We are not in awareness to prove something to others. It is between us and the universal Spirit, and sometimes, our awareness can help others to be less selfish, too. Our hearts are deeply connected with each other in a profound way, beyond any physical, emotional or mental boundaries.
Have you ever asked yourself seriously, the profound existential question: “Who am I?”
If truly aware, we lose the sense of “I”, “me”, “you”… All becomes one. That is where we can find our true identity and can truly connect with each other. That is when we can grasp the meaning of the Koans such as: “Who is the one, that is aware?”
“Is there a teaching no master ever preached before?’
Nansen said: “Yes, there is.”
“What is it?” asked the monk.
-“It is not mind, it is not Buddha, it is not things.”
“How can I see into my true nature?”
Nansen replied: “That which sees into is your true nature.”
Being aware is a challenge, unless you do successfully a lot of spiritual work and crystallize the right conditions for your active consciousness to continuously manifest.
How long can you remember to be aware? How long do you wish to be aware? Who are you? What are the consequences of living your life while being psychologically asleep and governed by the subconscious?
If you are looking for the deeper meaning of life, then give the mindfulness technique some serious and sincere practice. Take your time and investigate for yourself how it really works.
Resources for Further Reading
Getting started with Mindfulness: www
The hidden price of Mindfulness: www
Book “Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world” by www
Mobile app: Mindfulness Coach: www
UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center: www
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