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"Mindlessness is about living on automatic pilot. Your relying on the distinctions and categories that you drew in the past, so the past is determining the present. You're trapped in a single perspective... All the while you're oblivious to this, you're insensitive to context and perspective. You have rules and routine that are guiding you — governing what you're doing — that may not make any sense any longer. " Ellen Langer, Social Psychologist
Living Mindfully vs. Mindlessly
Living mindfully means that we move through life with a real and profound awareness of how we are responding to life. Instead of living life on auto pilot we begin to feel more connected to our internal experience (breathing, moving, feeling, seeing, etc.) and our external world (nature, people, sounds, etc.). Living mindfully means that we stop living in aworld of virtual thoughts and connect with the world around and within us.
When we live mindlessly we move through life in a world of thoughts, opinions and beliefs and we react to world based on what we are thinking. It's like living in a trance or being a hamster on the wheel of life. This constant doing creates stress, tension and has negative effects on our over all emotional, physical and mental health. We often don't even notice, until we end up in the doctor's office or find ourselves emotionally overwhelmed. Taking breaks throughout the day to check in is essential to our health! It isn't about being lazy or letting yourself off the hook it's about taking care of yourself so that you feel more balanced, clear-minded and approach life with wisdom and compassion.
Some examples of living mindlessly are:
Create opportunities to be mindful. Contemplate the following:
When we learn to connect mindfully to the life both within and outside of us, we lessen reactivity and move towards responding in ways that are healing and compassionate. We turn off the cruise control and connect with the energy, aliveness and compassion that is such an important part of living wholeheartedly. Our appreciation for all of life grows and we are able to face challenges with wisdom and compassion.
Until next time...May you live with ease and peace...
Cindy Ricardo is a compassionate and experienced Psychotherapist, Gentle Yoga Teacher and Mindfulness Meditation Guide. She facilitates a Dharma/Meditation Circle in Weston and Coral Springs alternatively, 3 times a month at 11am on Sundays. Her focus is on helping others learn about peaceful practices that help cultivate insight, connect with wisdom and awaken the compassionate heart. For more information about her please visit acaringcounselor.com, contact her at 954 793 6442 or email her at wbmindfulness.