MIND OVER MATTER, MINDFUL, MINDLESS AND MINDFULNESS!!
Hello and welcome,
I don’t find the more technical/expert side of ‘things mental’, or anything else, very enlightening. I prefer to use my own observations of how I and my mind work. I have University Degree in Education. Most of what I was taught was very confusing until I 'thought things through', in my own way. We all operate using the same organs, heart, lungs etc. the same goes for what we call 'mind'. The subject of mind, mental ability, thoughts, thinking , doing and the effects this creates in my life has fascinated me for years. Why? Because, my/your mind is the most powerful part of my/your body, my/your 'being'. We are all 'human beings' and 'mind beings'.
First a couple of associated words. Mindful and mindless.
Mindful. 1. "Conscious or aware of something " The Oxford Dictionary.
2. “Being aware of what is happening in your mind at anyone point in time.
3.Regularly checking to see what your mind is doing, what thoughts are going through it”. Me.
1. “Acting or done without justification and with no concern for the consequences. The Oxford Dictionary.
2. Doing things without thinking or being aware of what is going through your mind”. Me.
The word conscious is also important in this context. Unless you are consciously aware of what is going on in your mind you may as well not have a mind. You are operating out of control. Though it has its roots in Buddhist, meditation, a secular practice of mindfulness, has entered the American, and World, mainstream in recent years, in part through the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, which he launched at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since that time, thousands of studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness. Mindfulness, which is, being present and aware, enables stress to be released, difficulties become workable, and true happiness become possible. Meditation is the training ground for mindfulness, as it teaches us how to focus our attention.
The objective of mindfulness is, ‘enhancing human potential’.
(I totally utterly and mindfully agree)! Proof, what proof? I also read this during my research, “World renowned Neuroscientist Richie Davidson wants you to know three things. 1. You can train your brain to change. 2. That change is measureable. 3. New ways of thinking can change it for the better. Not so long ago this sounded like Science Fiction. Ruby Wax, heard of her? used Mindfulness to overcome her depression see her here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXhFJ1ppfHI
Just two minutes of mindfulness can calm a class and boost attainment.
Mindfulness helps students cope with academic stress and the pressures of life outside the school gates. Research shows that mindfulness is as effective as taking drugs to combat depression, and even the avalanche of negative feelings that can lead to suicide. So, be kind to your mind today, tomorrow, next week, next year and for the rest of your life! How? Two minutes a day of letting it rest, take a break, slow down, get its breath back, chill out, recuperate etc. Your mind will try to wander off, but you don’t have to wander with it. Understand that you have the choice over what you think.’
‘Mind over matter’ or mind over ‘what really matters’.
For me mindfulness means becoming aware of what’s going through your mind at regular intervals. Then any one moment, when you want to, shutting all the mental noise down, giving your mind a rest, a break, some time off. This allows it to prepare for the next onslaught. Mindfulness is connected to the practice of meditation. But you don’t have to sit cross legged on the floor and chant for three hours etc. What I do is this. I find, make , decide on two, three, four, five at the most minutes each day when I just sit somewhere quiet and think to myself, “I am not going to think of anything for the next one, two, three or so minutes” then I do that. I close my eyes and just ‘be still’ physically and mentally for the length of time I decide.
“Make things as simple as possible but no simpler.” Albert Einstein.
That is exactly what I have just done! Ok it’s now 2:45 am on Saturday 16th August 2014 so I missed my Friday deadline by those minutes, sorry! My mind needs a coffee break.
Beneficially yours, always,