Feeling Happy

The absence of ‘monkey brain’-10,000 thinks.

Feeling flow-like being in the zone while executing a particularly difficult sports move.

Being busy: raising kids, going to school or working overtime.

When the brain is quiet, it goes crazy: sometimes people fill up on junk food, talking, TV.

Other times people feel bored, tired overwhelmed and depressed anxious and sad.

Thinks get worse when the brain gets stuck in a down mode.

People exercise, challenge themselves with a study or project.

Some people get a second job.

So, mindfulness works out monkey brain and allows the brain to feel inner peace, compassion and emotional stability.

Why not earn happiness through a practice of mindfulness.

To Pay Attention

The breath meditation is a kind of mindfulness that helps improve the trait of attention.

This is the same trait that is important when learning or becoming aware.

When a trait is becoming a skill, we exercise it regularly with whichever form of mindfulness that is useful.

Imagine becoming smarter or learning to use your brain in a manner which improves the task you do.

Imagine improving your disposition towards yourself and others with another form of mindfulness called loving kindness.

There is an arc or continuum of mindful exercises which improve the use of our brain.

It all relies on the simple act of paying attention or being aware of awareness.

Imagine life is like a movie.  Most of us live like there is no tomorrow.  We go in the theatre, barely aware of our surroundings.  We pay little attention to anything but the plot of the movie itself. 

Know the theatre, notice the people, use your senses to smell the popcorn, this is what it is like to be aware of awareness.  You still watch the movie, but you notice the theatre as well.

Mindfulness is a simple tool to help enhance our ability to use our minds wisely.  It helps us learn to stand beside ourselves as friend and observer.

Be mindful and live the good life.

Compassion-that is all!


To be a student of compassion, does not necessarily increase compassionate behaviour.

There is an arc or continuum that starts with empathizing with someone suffering to actually helping them out.

Loving-kindness mindfulness is being mindful of oneself and reaches into the people throughout the world.

There are three forms of compassion which span the intellectual, emotional and our concern for others.

So why help ourselves help others?

The “Altered Traits” by Daniel Goleman & Richard J. Davidson revels why and how in their ground breaking book and research.

It says mindfulness will enhance empathic concern, activate good feelings and love, and activate brain circuitry to register the suffering of others.

It proves that in 16 hours of mindful loving kindness meditation, that we can reduce intractable unconscious bias towards other people.

Who wouldn’t want to be more compassionate?

Imagine what a lifetime commitment can do. 

Does Being Mindful Mean I Loose My Reading Glasses Less Often?

Yes, among other traits, my teacher says traits that improve while doing mindfulness are all about being, “the non-forgetfulness of the mind with regard to a familiar object, its function is non-distraction.”

To be mindful means to return and recall.

I use mindfulness to return whatever I have chosen to concentrate upon, a body scan, my breath, thoughts, and emotion.

I believe I am cultivating calmness, stillness, or inner peace.

At first blush, mindfulness requires a lot of effort.

Then it becomes effortless.

Lastly, it becomes who I am or who I may be.

I will decide to be undistracted by practicing my mindfulness exercise or practice.

Instead of becoming frenzied and obsessed about finding the lost object of my desire, I can now make a ‘room scan’ exercise out of it and practice being mindful:  release, relax, and return to practice.

If my room scan exercise happens to produce my hearts desire or the reading glasses, that will be one of the many outcomes-along with inner peace.

However, if I don’t find my reading glasses, I am much more willing to let go of the search and make a calmer decision about my lost reading glasses.

Mindfulness may not give me my reading glasses on every attempt but ‘inner peace’ is always my most appreciated outcome.

At the beginning, middle and end of each practice, I try to express my intentions.

I am praying for a useful session of mindfulness.

I am grateful for my mindfulness session regardless of the outcome.

I hope my session will be good for myself, my family and friends, community, and ripple out into the universe.

Mindful

Think about what you want to write a poem with in this session.

Your answer is ‘mindful’.

I am being mindful.

How does it feel or what is different after repeating the affirmation a few times?

Let yourself pause to collect any awareness.

This session will only take 5 minutes, but if you like you can continue after you are done.

Do you feel or what is different after repeating the affirmation a few times?

I have been meditating for at least a few years and I always feel more relaxed after a mindfulness meditation like this one.

I also believe being mindful about my writing is just the right way to write.