Mindfulness is a real corporate buzzword; it’s about being completely ‘present’ at all times. It means not letting your mind wander off; it means feeling the ground beneath your feet and the wind in your hair (if there is wind. If there is no wind, that isn’t mindfulness).
Mindfulness means paying full attention to everything in and around you at any given time.
It’s related to Eckhart Tolle’s NOW – not living in either the past or the future at any time. Where you are right now, if you’re not tied up and about to be murdered, you’re probably okay. Well, speaking from a Westerner’s point of view, anyway. Scotland isn’t war-torn at present.
How to avoid participating in your own life
Many, many people take drugs and alcohol, so that they can avoid having to face up to their lives. Maybe they are ill, maybe they are sad, maybe they are bitter, or disappointed, or lonely, or bored.
Sometimes that action of using a crutch isn’t pleasant for the people around them, especially those who love them. Anyone who has lived with an alcoholic will know this. Also, anyone who has lived with someone who watches TV day in, day out, loudly … TV is a crutch for those who can’t or won’t entertain themselves sufficiently, and we are trained into this at a very early age in the UK.
Therefore, if we can manage to stay afloat without these things, we almost have a duty to perform; an example to set; a positive action we can do.
Participate fully, at all times, or ELSE!
Full participation in our lives is the most important thing we can do. It’s the crux of living.
That means facing the problems and dealing with them head on, if that’s what it takes. It means taking a stand and making decisions that are based on our own gut feelings of what is right and wrong, good and bad.
As far as we can be sure, we only get one life. Now, I don’t ascribe to that theory – I believe thoroughly in reincarnation – but since we’re talking about surety, we owe it to the chances that made it possible to have some time on this wonderful place we call Earth, to make the best of what we have, instead of drivelling it away on nothingness, self-destruction, and internalised pain.
Just do it.