Mindfulness

Zombies are mindless. Finding mindfulness may be the cure.

Specter frightening a young woman by Utagawa Yoshiiku

Mindfulness has been studied and found to be successful in treating physical and emotional distress. Functional magnetic resonance imaging is a type of photography used to view images of the brain; it has shown that brain activity changes in subjects who have learned to meditate. The images show that the areas in the brain that are involved in rumination and depression become less active. This type of photography was used to evaluate the resilience of the subjects who practice meditation while they were not meditating. The studies showed that emotional stability improved for these people.

Being focussed on the moment is something that can come and go – you may slip away and become a zombie at times. When you become a zombie, you may become obsessed or unhappy and forget about the fullness of the moment again. You do not need to feel that you have failed. Being perpetually mindful is not the goal. The goal is to spend more of your life in a state of mindfulness.

To achieve the goal of spending more of your life in a state of mindfulness, you can learn mindfulness meditation. You can also practice mindfulness in simpler ways. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk explains how every activity that we do can be practiced with mindfulness.

“Washing the dishes

is like bathing a baby Buddha

the profane is the sacred.

everyday mind is Buddha’s mind.”

Quote from Present Moment Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living by Thich Nhat Hanh

Slow down as you are washing the dishes, be aware of the dish, the water, and the movement of your hands. Be there in that moment while you are washing the dishes, instead of thinking of when you will be finished washing the dishes, and what you will do after.

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