DOING AND KNOWING
You have heard the expression, ‘He doesn’t know what he is doing!’
Surely you do’nt want to be one of these people…
Yet, doing something and being aware that you are doing it do not always go together.
Example: Did you ever go round and round looking for your keys?
Yet, you are the one who put them somewhere.
Having tension in your body and knowing that you have tension do not always go together either.
If you were aware that you are tensing your muscles, it would be easier to let go.
Mindfulness is paying attention deliberately so we know what we are doing.
Here is a Mindfulness Mantra:
Walk and know you’re walking,
Breathe and know you’re alive.
Thinking engages the whole body.
One cannot relax the body without relaxing the mind.
Mindfulness makes it possible to relax both body and mind.
We tense up when we jump over a puddle.
Do we relax completely afterwards?
Our day is like a country road with many puddles.
Tension accumulates if we do not let go after each jump.
Impatience also creates stress as it separates mind from body:
The body is still waiting in line, but the mind is already at the checkout.
The mind is already at work, at home, at your destination.
The body is stuck in traffic.
We all have pet thoughts.
When you notice that you are petting a thought,
stop and come back to your breath.
Come back over and over again.
In meditation, if we notice that we are daydreaming,
we come back to the breath without fussing.
With practice, we stay in the here and now longer.
Meditation becomes more agreeable and more peaceful.