By Rose Bryant
The brain is a tool used to help process the processes of the mind. The "mind" is a formless, endless continuum. The mind is a "guest" in the house of the body. An entity that goes onto other lives. The mind is in the heart chakra completely lacking shape and color, simply clarity. Clarity means something clear enough to perceive objects.
Mindfulness is “Intentionally paying attention to the present nonjudgmentally." On the flip side, part of mindfulness is also uncomfortable feelings — not trying to change or judge them, but being aware of them. And that may not feel so pleasant.
Mind vs. Body - body cannot perceive. Only mind can be clarity, only clarity can be mind. Human beings seem to feel as though they are controlled by their minds. Perhaps there is another, more productive way to look at it.
Mindfulness based stress reduction is a technique used in modern day therapy or counseling, however this idea has been around since the beginning of the time of disciplines such as Buddhism. It is like "West meets East" finally. The construct of mindful awareness originated in earliest Buddhist documents but is neither religious nor esoteric in nature.
Mindfulness based stress reduction has been described as "a moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness". Through meditation individuals increase their self-awareness, which leads to a greater unity between the mind and body. Research into meditation and its health benefits has been widely accepted and the concept of mindfulness-based stress reduction was created out of the desire to understand these benefits more closely. A mindfulness-based program is beneficial to those suffering from chronic illness, anxiety, depression, addiction as well as a variety of other health related problems.
Mindfulness is characterized by nonevaluative and sustained moment-to-moment awareness of perceptible mental states and processes. This includes continuous, immediate awareness of physical sensations, perceptions, affective states, thoughts, and imagery. Mindfulness is nondeliberative: It merely implies sustained paying attention to ongoing mental content without thinking about, comparing or in other ways evaluating the ongoing mental phenomena that arise during periods of practice. Thus, mindfulness may be seen as a form of naturalistic observation, or participant-observation, in which the objects of observation are the perceptible mental phenomena that normally arise during waking consciousness.
Another common misconception is that mindfulness is about learning to be happy. It’s not. Nor is it about eliminating stress. “Stress doesn’t go away, ever. That’s why we call it stress management rather than stress elimination,” rather, mindfulness can “create a world where you experience depth, meaning and connectedness. You see joy and sadness more fully and settle more deeply into an authentic way of being.”
Eventually, mindfulness is supposed to help us spend less time worrying about the future or the past. We’ll gain perspective, listen better and step back to consider more choices and make decisions more clearly and intentionally, rather than reactively.
Source: Modern Buddhism by G. K. Gyatso