Thinking About Nothing! I Challenge You

You know perhaps that mindfulness attempts you to slow down your mind and focus on the present moment. That makes sense as the only moment you have is indeed the present moment. But so many of us are caught up with going beyond and before the present moment.

We can take issue with being in the present moment but slow down and forget the theoretical. Can you think of nothing in 120 seconds as you close your eyes? Probably not as you are thinking of what we have for dinner, how to deal with your boss or perhaps a nagging spouse or how to live through this dreadful pandemic. An endless ream of your brain tugging and pulling you. Let this pattern dog you and repress you. Attempt to escape it through alcohol, anorexia, cannabis, drugs, sex and escapist media. But I challenge you to give your mind a holiday to refresh your soul. Sit down and close your eyes for two minutes and think of nothing more than the present moment. You and your presence.

If you are trained in mindfulness meditation those 120 minutes can be pocked by the mind tugging and pulling you. If you are not trained in mindfulness meditation you may be somewhat lost as your raging mind rules over you like some Trumpian nightmare.

I say to you that are snickering at mindfulness meditation can you last 120 seconds with your mind never shutting up and vying for your attention with worries, anxieties, criticisms and plans?

I will answer your snickering and preconceived notion mindfulness is a namby pamby Lotus Land and say did you successfully rest your mind for a paltry 120 seconds?

What if I said after several years of mindfulness my mind can “almost” rest undisturbed for a measly 2 minutes? And it has taken me 5 years to be able to focus on ME and MY MIND to reach a jagged peace of mind and mental relaxation?

And I can expand and say mindfulness has enabled me to deal with several traumas in my life so they have been expunged releasing me from hatred and anger.

Mindfulness is up to you. If your raging mind tortures you go ahead. If you want some peace of mind can you try and enroll in a introductory mindfulness class at your local hospital or church?

As a minimum mindfulness can teach you how to co-exist with a mind that never shuts you up and deprives you of a quiet moment you deserve.

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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