If you’ve noticed, there is a lot of talk about mindfulness these days with articles on the internet and talks on youtube. At this point in time, my understanding of what it is and how we can apply it is as follows. (My next post will be 4 brief techniques for becoming more mindful.)
It is important to recognize that consciousness is very new to human development and we don’t really understand it or ourselves very well at this point. We are learning about ourselves as we evolve and at this point in time we are becoming aware of how our mind, brain, body and emotions function as an integral whole.
First: What is the difference between awareness and mindfulness? Awareness is noticing–the observer self (witness) taps you on the shoulder. Mindfulness is what you do next, or rather ‘how’ you do it. i.e. Awareness– I’m talking a lot right now and feeling excited. Mindful doing – I will stop talking. I’ll ask them a question and get them involved. Mindful inquiry — I wonder why I’m feeling I need to convince them? [I don’t necessarily have an answer.] Mindful doing— I bring myself into the present moment and stay open to what is happening.
It is the mindful internal inquiry that is the key to our personal growth and the key to our suffering; the reminder of our tender hearts that we all share and all try so hard to protect. It also is directly related to our levels of awareness; the more we are open to learning about our inner landscape (our own shadow), the more conscious we become and the more finely tuned our awareness of others and our ability to resonate with them.