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.