Phenomenologically, mindfulness is the feeling of involvement or active engagement. How do people achieve it? Learning to be mindful does not require meditation. It is the simple process of actively noticing new things.
G.J.Johanson, PhD once discussed mindfulness in the following way:
“For clinical purposes, mindfulness can be considered a distinct state of consciousness distinguished from the ordinary consciousness of everyday living. In general, a mindful state of consciousness is characterised by awareness turned inward toward present felt experience. It is passive, though alert, open, curious, and exploratory. It seeks to simply be aware of what is, as opposed to attempting to do or confirm anything.
The ABC’s of Mindfulness
Here are the ABC’s of mindfulness that anyone can follow:
- Appreciate. Each present moment, whatever you are doing. Gratefulness stretches the heart and increases awareness of the present moment.
- Be still. We’re human beings, not human doings (I’ll discuss this later in the course). Practice being at peace within yourself each day (however you do this), as stillness and silence are life giving!
- Clutter free. Meaning, your mind. Keep your mind free of unnecessary thoughts.
It has been around a long time, many words for the same thing. M. Eckhart, a medieval theologian, once suggested: “The spiritual life is one more of subtraction than addition.” Remove the static from your life and anything that isn’t serving either yourself or the other people that you know.
But there is so much more to mindfulness. Mindfulness is the process of questioning our assumptions and exploring a path leading to the qualities listed above. Each person’s path is different and so completing a mindfulness course will allow you to find the path that suits you.