“Living 24 hours with mindfulness is more worthwhile than living 100 years without it.” (The Buddha)
Like anything, meditation is a practice that will eventually become a habit. By nature, I am built to run and my mind is a mile a minute. The idea of slowing down never made sense to me. I have always equated efficiency to speed and believed those that relax get left behind in the business of life.
As mindfulness and meditation continued to trend in the West, I started to explore the subject. An individual who was skilled in the practice was put in my path and he began to teach me that slowing down can be the most productive thing I do all day.
In a world where we are constantly stimulated it is easy to lose sight of what has control over us. As individuals, the body begins to run the mind and before we know it the days become mindless.
The last year has been a series of ups and downs in my quest to begin training the mind like a muscle at the gym. Through repetition it has become a habit and taught me a great deal about human nature and myself.
The concept of being totally focused on the moment and letting stray thoughts continue to pass by allows for a type of mental pruning. As these branches receive no focus they eventually fall off and become irrelevant. Surprisingly, these can be destructive or what is perceived as constructive and dominate thoughts. They simply disappear…
The point of this post is simple. Train your mind like you would a muscle. Just like a bicep curl take your time and focus on the movement and muscle being targeted. The concept centers around taking back control and having the mind run the body.
Once this begins to happen there is a shift in focus. In time, I realized that slowing down daily was the key to speeding up and maintaining a keen focus on the task at hand as the day passes. It opens a mental door to clarity and insight into how to wisely pursue goals and define what is truly important before reflection centers around regret.
For “Concentration is a cornerstone of mindfulness practice. Your mindfulness will only be as robust as the capacity of your mind to be calm and stable. Without calmness, the mirror of mindfulness will have an agitated and choppy surface and will not be able to reflect things with any accuracy.” (Jon Kabut-Zinn)