You Are Here—Mindfulness
In any sort of navigation, the first order of business is to determine our present position. How can we plot a course from here to there without knowing where “here” is? In our day-to-day lives, however, we tend to focus on where we think we want to be at the expense of an understanding of where we’re starting.
“Mindfulness” can be a tricky word—suggestive, perhaps, of tenets too “out there” for some. In truth, mindfulness is a simple and logical concept that should satisfy even the most linear thinkers: It’s nothing other than tuning into the messages our minds and bodies send us.
You may not realize it, but people form some 60,000 thoughts a day. Typically about 80% of them are negative. A developed sense of mindfulness enables us to sort those thoughts that should be heeded from those that should be ignored. Similarly, our bodies provide us constant, valuable feedback on our current state, most of which goes untapped.
Mindfulness, then, is just learning how to read what our minds and bodies are telling us at any given moment, so that we can be sure where we are before we start off for where we want to be.