What is Mindfulness?
Maybe I’ll start by saying what’s not mindfulness to me. It is not a sacrosanct remedy for all the ills of humanity; it is not a psychotherapy; it is not some mystical approach; it is not an “anti-stress”. Still, full consciousness can have a panoply of “side effects” that help to soften the ills of modern societies.
Mindfulness boils down to the ability to be present, in a well-embodied way, to the total breath of life that takes place at each instant.
In order to have the dimension of what this can be, just stop for a minute to feel the sole of your feet on the ground right now: what kind of surface do we step on? What is the texture of the shoes we wear? Are we barefoot?
Any experience can be lived in a more conscious way giving us a much wider dimension of existence than that which we automatically attribute to it.
By paying more and better attention to the unfolding of attitudes and the way the body materializes each act, each gesture, we can gradually create a livelier consciousness of the “present moment”, of each instant that builds daily life, this life that goes so fast that we don’t even notice it.
For me and as I’ve been taught, the essential pillars of Mindfulness are: contact – being in close contact with present moment experience, curiosity – developing a curious attention to the various nuances that present lived experience presents us with and care – the affection, the kindness with which we attend to the two previous pillars.
Getting started - practical tips
Need more information?
- Ne te quitte pas, by Matin Aylward
- The mindfulness solution, by Ronald Siegel
- Mindfulness : An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World, by Mark Williams
- Breathe! You Are Alive!, by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Kabat-Zin
- Lâcher prise sans laisser tomber: Le pouvoir de la pleine conscience, by Coco Brac
- The mindful path to self-compassion, by Chris Germer
To deepen your knowledge into Mindfulness, within the Buddhist tradition
- After buddhism, by Stephen Batchelor
- The heart of buddhist meditation, by Nyanaponika Thera
- The art of being, de Erich Fromm
- Le Bonheur d’être soi, de Moussa Nabati
- Outliars, de Malcom Gladwell
- The end of ice, de Dahr Jamail
- Mindful of race, de Ruth King
- Quero, posso e mudo de carreira, de Lourdes Monteiro
- Créez le job de vos rêves. et la vie qui va avec, de Corentin Orsini
- Aprender a ser, de Christiane Águas
For those who are interested, visiting a Buddhist community for a short retreat (short first approach duration – 2 to 3 days) can be very helpful. Not only for the immersion in the environment of the formal practice par excellence, but also for the community spirit that is cultivated. For example: https://sumedharama.pt/inicio/ or https://uniaobudista.pt
There are some applications that can help establish a meditative routine: Mind App; Insight Timer; Headspace. To follow teachings online I recommend www.worldwideinsight.org.
If you would like to deepen your knowledge and practices, you can see: https://centerformsc.org; https://www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk; https://www.mindfulnesstraininginstitute.com
My purpose in everything I do is to listen to you and give you another insight into how you can live your day to day life. This is my way of giving and receiving. I am available to receive your contact either by email or by phone. See you later!
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