Mindfulness is a perspective or ‘lens’ to view our thoughts, feelings and emotions and is a life skill to change thinking patterns that create problems. It’s like a ‘shock absorber’ for the mind. Mindfulness is about self-awareness, connection with ourselves and appreciating the fullness of each moment of life. Kabat-Zinn calls it, “The art of conscious living.” It is a profound way to enhance psychological and emotional well-being and increase life satisfaction.
The space in-between our thoughts, feelings, and identities is the domain of mindfulness. It is the tool to generate other perspectives or another ‘lens’ to view what is occurring in our life that is keeping us stuck. When you are mindful, you watch what the mind says about this and thinks about that… you react less and respond more. You become like a mind watcher to all the comings and goings of the mind. You change what can be changed and accept, hold and love what can’t be changed.
My husband taught me a great technique that he learnt from Tich Nat Hahn – the Bell of Mindfulness. It only takes a minute or two.
Try this …
We don’t have an actual bell, although often in a moment of stress, hurry or urgency one of us will stop and stay ‘ding.’ This has helped us to be present and mindful about what we are doing. We will often ‘ding’ ourselves in the car before we are about to drive somewhere, even at the risk of being late. Funny enough, the bell of mindfulness transforms time so that we are more time efficient!
I recommend that you ring your bell of mindfulness regularly so you can create a healthy habit of stillness, presence and reduce unnecessary stress. You will find that a lot of stress, worry and urgency drops away.