Miracle of Mindfulness – What’s It About?

Miracle of Mindfulness – What’s It About?


is a lot like physical fitness now stay
with me on this when we talk about physical fitness we’re really talking
about three different things endurance strength and flexibility and when we say
that someone is physically fit we mean that they have endurance strength and
flexibility working together mindfulness is like that it’s three
different things working together concentration sensory clarity and
equanimity and when we say that someone is mindful we mean that they have
concentration sensory clarity and equanimity working together no matter
what your natural level of fitness is you can develop your endurance strength
and flexibility by working out and it’s this way with mindfulness too you can
develop more concentration clarity and equanimity people exercise in the gym
and the more consistently they go and the more effort they put into it the
faster they see results and it works the same way with mindfulness the more
consistent effort you give it the better and faster you’ll see results now most
people don’t go to the gym so that they can be better in the gym they do it to
improve their everyday lives outside the gym likewise we don’t meditate to become
better meditators we meditate to improve our everyday lives when we’re not
meditating with consistent exercise you can raise
your level of baseline fitness that is you can raise the level of endurance
strength and flexibility available to you all the time with consistent
mindfulness practice you can raise your level of baseline mindfulness the level
of concentration clarity and equanimity that is available to you all the time in
your everyday life now let’s talk about what these three
skills are concentration is the ability to pay attention do you ever sit down to
talk to a friend and notice that your mind gets pulled in a million different
directions you start thinking about a problem at work planning a project at
home or checking your smartphone concentration is the opposite of that
it’s being able to focus on what you want to focus on concentration is
probably the most useful skill you can possibly develop because it helps you do
everything better can you think of anything you do work school in your
personal life that wouldn’t feel better with concentration sensory clarity is
the ability to zoom in on the individual components that make up your experience
instead of feeling angry for example you learn to track the mental images the
mental talk and the emotional body sensations that make up this thing we
call angry by detangling this experience you can learn to manage it much better
and weirdly enough you’ll find that not only does this zooming in make the
unpleasant experiences less overwhelming but it also makes the pleasant
experiences more satisfying equanimity is a little trickier to understand but
it essentially means that you allow yourself to experience without trying to
push things away or grasp onto them for example when something unpleasant comes
up you don’t try to suppress it when something Pleasant comes up you don’t
try to hold on to it equanimity means not interfering with your own
internal experience increasing your level of baseline mindfulness can lead
to all kinds of good stuff less suffering more fulfillment a deeper
knowledge of who you are positive behavior changes and even the
ability to help other people more effectively you

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