@soundmoney
9 months ago

How would you explain 'mindfulness' to a layman?

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First, some general advice: meditation is new and strange-sounding to many people. For this reason, any pushing may provoke an instant judgmental reaction, which may stop the person from hearing what you say, no matter how inspiring or helpful it may be.

For this reason, the number one point to keep in mind when helping people is not to push. Mention what your practice has done for you, or how it can help them, but only briefly. If they are interested, offer more a little at a time. But be prepared for an irrational reaction of close-mindedness and then just accept the situation. It is good to remember that you can't help someone who is defensive or not interested in what you have to say.

Meditation teachers are in a good position, because people come to us ready to listen. They may have been through a lot of negativity in their life, which makes them hunger for a way to experience more peace and happiness, and to have fewer problems in their life.

But when you try to help a friend or family member, your relationship with them can act as a barrier, because they may really want expert advice and they may not value your experiences because they know you so well. There is an expression, "familiarity breeds contempt." Sometimes you just have to sigh and accept an unfortunate situation.

Concerning other forms of meditation, I have seen many of my clients recommend transcending, the form I teach. It comes with many inspiring testimonials, for those who like them, and also with impressive scientific research, for those who like that sort of thing. Its rationale (the reasons it works) makes complete sense. It is very easy to learn (6-lesson course takes 3 days and works immediately), effortless to practice, and is non-religious and non-mystical.
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 Mindfulness It’s a pretty straightforward word. It suggests that the mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing, to the space you’re moving through. That might seem trivial, except for the annoying fact that we so often veer from the matter at hand. Our mind takes flight, we lose touch with our body, and pretty soon we’re engrossed in obsessive thoughts about something that just happened or fretting about the future. And that makes us anxious.
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It's the ability of a person to be aware of everything that's happening in this moment, and that he/she can accept it in a peaceful and relaxed way.
For example, a zebra doesn't care if another zebra gets eaten by a lion. Her mind is just telling her to run away as fast and as far away as she can so she doesn't get eaten. As for us humans, when we see another human (or even animal) in danger, we generally try to help. Well, at least we should try to help and not just run away.
For me, that's mindfulness.
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Mindfulness is much more basic than most people realize. In fact, I’ve isolated 3 easy steps to kickstart a state of mindfulness in a few seconds. To kickstart a state of mindfulness all you have to do is: Stop. Breathe. Think about your thinking. Anybody can use this simple mindfulness technique throughout the day to stay calm, focused, optimistic, and kind.
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Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training.
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I would be “mindful” to keep my explanation brief and to the point.

a good illustration is the old proverb...

”Be quick to listen but slow to speak.”

That proverb sums up mindfulness very well. Basically we ought exercise thought before we take action.

Many people err in actions due to a lack of pre-emptive consideration.
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Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
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it's learning the art of letting your mind wander around freely in order to train it to become more focused..
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I would say "Open your eyes and be alert of your surroundings"
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Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. ... When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we're sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.


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