Mindfulness: what's it all about?
Mindfulness doesn't mean:
> Being careful ... as if you're walking a tightrope over a tank full of sharks.
> Being hard on yourself ... like a prison warder delivering crumbs to your door.
> Not having any fun ... choosing the straight and narrow over the bright and adventurous.
> Being over-serious ... like a zealous school prefect.
> Being super vigilant, tunnel visioned. Like the fossil fuel industry fighting renewables. Now that's trouble!
Mindfulness DOES mean:
> Tuning in to the world around you on a regular basis. Afterall, the world is your oyster. Dig in.
> Checking in not checking out of the shop. It's a good idea to know where your head is at all times. And your wallet.
> Noticing your reactions. Like you'd notice the reactions of each contestant on reality tv. But do you notice your own?
> Putting out the welcome mat to thoughts and emotions. Cos shutting them out of the house just makes them go round the side passage to break a window or come down the chimney.
> Touching base with your being. There's no cake, no pavlova, no tiramisu without the bottom layer. No apple without a core. Yep, you are in there somewhere.
And so with mindfulness.
Tune in, have fun.
Touch base with yourself (quiet time, solo walks, meditation).
Notice your reactions, with kindness. Instead of binding to them. Without blindly serving them.
Put a whole lot of space back into your mind. Into your heart.
And back into your world.
Shakti Burke is a mindfulness enthusiast based in northern NSW, Australia.
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