What is Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a natural ability, that we all have, to be fully engaged in what is happening in this present moment. A coming back to us. To who we really are, our own unique experience as each moment unfolds. Our own nature
This can be a particular challenge to us as we may have been taught about success that can only be defined by what we do and that academia is of primary importance. This is alongside our innate psychology where in our upbringings where we can be forced into filtering our lives and experiences through lenses of judgement, criticism or penitence.
We start to live our lives as the author of our own stories rather that of the main protagonist. We start to lose our spontaneity and curiousness of us and our world. We start to disconnect.
As Rumi says:
There are two kinds of intelligence: one acquired,
as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts
from books and from what the teacher says,
collecting information from the traditional sciences
as well as from the new sciences.
With such intelligence you rise in the world.
You get ranked ahead or behind others
in regard to your competence in retaining
information. You stroll with this intelligence
in and out of fields of knowledge, getting always more
marks on your preserving tablets.
There is another kind of tablet, one
already completed and preserved inside you.
A spring overflowing its springbox. A freshness
in the center of the chest. This other intelligence
does not turn yellow or stagnate. It’s fluid,
and it doesn’t move from outside to inside
through conduits of plumbing-learning.
This second knowing is a fountainhead
from within you, moving out.
Mindfulness allows us the opportunity to observe our lives without judgment and condemnation as if we are sitting on the bank of our own river, noticing, rather than being swept away, feeling out of control.