Thinking About TodayPosted: October 23, 2012
… Learn to look without imagination, to listen without distortion: that is all. Stop attributing names and shapes to the essentially nameless and formless, realize that every mode of perception is subjective, that what is seen or heard, touched or smelled, felt or thought,expected or imagined, is in the mind and not in reality, and you will experience peace and freedom from fear.
You might as well turn away now while there is still a chance to escape. We are going to be talking about mindfulness once again, for like the billionth time …
One could think that mindfulness begins with opening your mind and opening your heart, consciously choosing to be completely present with whatever arises in our daily lives. Being mindful is at direct odds with the blind reactivity we immerse ourselves in.
Follow along if you will …
Mindfulness is not just about being open to experiences, not just about seeing what is happening, as it is happening around us. Being mindful is choosing to be fully present with our experience: Running, Cycling, Lifting, Making a Sandwich or even better, the world around us.
How many times have you heard the following: “I want to be a better runner.” “I want to be a better Cyclist.” “I want to be a LvL 5 Yoga Guru!?!” “I want to be better at this meditation trend that everyone is jumping on …“
The following series of thoughts folks is how we delineate the difference between Being and Becoming mindful. When we are mindful, we enter into a relationship with the object of mindfulness. This can be characterized by being in a state of inner calm (quieting the voices in our heads), being non-reactive to the outside world, where there is plenty of temptations to receive and to respond. The state of becoming on the other hand is a characteristic of a reactive mind, the conflicted mind that is never able to be fully present with what is happening around us. When you start a new running program or anything else for that matter … Are you Being or are you Becoming? A becoming mindset is forever moving away from the here and now, towards something else, something different.
Continuing from yesterday …
5 Cartwheels (alternating sides)
10 Perfect Push Ups
Keep moving for 30 minutes, plain and simple.
How many fitness programs have you started then stopped this year? Took up running for a few weeks and quickly gave it up for X-Fit and Cardio Barre Burn. A rather deep message this evening … ENJOY!!!