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Mindfulness

Posted by terrepruitt on December 17, 2015

Oh.  Recently someone posted a link to a video on Facebook.  So I watched this little video about “Mindfulness”.  It was a cartoon where these animals were talking about being mindful.  The example used was one of the animals was driving in traffic and something made him angry.  Now I can’t find the video to verify, but I thought that the animal, I think it was a cow was advised to not get mad or to not act upon his anger or to just let it go.  So basically what I got from the video was that “mindfulness” was not acting out on your emotions or your “bad” emotions.  Just observe them then let them pass.  I then looked up a few definitions of mindfulness and a few of them said the same thing.  Funny . . . to me, I always thought of mindfulness as being AWARE of things.  Being in the moment and paying attention to what you are doing.

I guess the videos definition and example can be that if that means you just let the moment go and don’t focus on it and stay angry, but still I felt it was a totally different definition and idea than what I think of as mindfulness.  To me the situation he was talking about was just letting things go.  I guess some people could call letting things go mindfulness.

I really think of mindfulness as being present and being aware.  Ya know, not brushing your teeth while doing other things (my prime example because that is what I often do).  Or not walking down the street with your head bent down to see your phone.  Or not texting while driving.  Or one I know many of us do — because I see many people go back — walk away from our cars not certain if we locked it and have to go back to check.  To me mindfulness is giving your full mind, your attention to your teeth brushing, walking, driving, and getting out of the car and locking it.  To me it is focusing on what you are doing.  Kind of like what we have in Nia, called Dancing Through Life.  Paying attention to what we are doing.  Making it a dance.  Noticing our movements.

I guess, mindfulness can have different meanings.  I mean, obviously, because that video said one thing and I’ve heard it defined other ways.

What about you?  What is your definition of mindful?  Or what would you use as an example of mindful?

2 Responses to “Mindfulness”

  1. I’m thinking about your description of the video you mentioned. From what I’ve learned about mindfulness, I think the cow being mindful would be to slow down, acknowledge his anger, allow himself to feel angry, and then mindfully decide how to act. Being mindful would involve neither feeding nor suppressing his anger. I think being present and aware in the moment are crucial to mindfulness.
    If I am mindfully in this moment, I am giving my full attention to what I am writing. I am doing one thing at a time.
    I think letting things go could be a mindful choice in certain contexts, but I don’t see it as a direct example of mindfulness by itself.

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    • There you go. I did not get all that from the video and again, it is still different than what I think of as mindfulness. I don’t necessarily think of letting things go as mindful but I think of what the video was saying as letting things go. But . . . there are different ways to think of things I guess. Thank you for commenting.

      I hope you are able to have some happiness in your holidays! Cheer!

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