A lot of people see mindfulness as this broad, out-there idea that has gotten a lot of attention in different circles. Whether new-age notions, psychology, self-help, or what-have-you, mindfulness has gotten a lot of attention recently.
First and foremost, mindfulness is NOT a quick-fix solution of any kind. It’s important to recognize that there are no real quick-fix options for much of anything.
To become who you have become now took you years of environment, experience, thoughts, feelings, actions, inactions, and more. It may not take quite as much time to create change now, but it is still going to take effort.
Mindfulness, in practice, is relatively easy. Be aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Of course, that’s easier said than done.
This awareness of your thinking, feeling, and acting puts you in the present. Being in the present, here and now, lets you see time and reality in their most evident forms.
What does that even mean? Reality is unique, depending on your individual perception. How you experience life is not how I experience it. That’s because no two people think alike, feel the same, nor take precisely similar actions.
Practicing mindfulness takes effort. You need to ask questions to make yourself aware and present in the now. The more you practice the easier it becomes.
As I have been working on mindfulness, I’ve found a number of quotes from diverse resources that have helped shape my practice and understanding along the way. I want to share six of them with you, and what they mean for me and my mindfulness practice.
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
Einstein is one of the greatest scientific minds in history. He was a unique genius, and he led a fascinating life.
This quote speaks of why each of us perceives reality differently. The illusion of reality is due to the variances of perception. The variations can be subtle or drastic, depending on a great many ideas and concepts. For example, experience, environment, and education are three large factors among these.
Because of how we are all energy, vibrating at unique frequencies, as they attune to one another we develop the collective consciousness. This is how you and I can share aspects of reality in the same way.
At the same time, it can be wildly different. All you have to do is experience the two opposing camps in regards to Trump. Deep belief in his awesomeness or deep disgust in his inhuman corruption. Two very different and persistent realities.
Which is the illusion? Probably both, but the point is that mindful awareness will let you decide for yourself.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t-you’re right.”
Consciousness creates reality. That’s pretty much what Ford is saying in this quote. If you think you are capable, you are correct. If you think you are incapable, you are correct.
Mindfulness is awareness of thoughts, feelings, and actions. So that will tell you if you are thinking that you can or thinking that you can’t. Either way, you’re right…and if you do not want to be right, then now you know what you should change.
Profound, but simple and to the point.
“Time is the reef upon which all our frail mystic ships are wrecked.”
In the play Blithe Spirit, these words are spoken by the medium, Madame Arcati. She gets other great lines and is a pretty out-there figure. But this has stuck with me for almost three decades now.
Time is fleeting. Hopes, dreams, goals, ideas, notions are the “frail mystic ships” time can wreck upon its shores.
Like reality, time is largely illusionary. That’s why it can feel as though a minute can last an hour and an hour can last a minute. When you practice mindfulness you deliberately place yourself in the now. The now is the most palpable time that exists.
Past and future can be similar, but they will never be the same. What happens in the here-and-now will impact what comes tomorrow. Hence why learning from the past (but not reliving it) is important to the now, as well as the future.
“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
This quote speaks to me on several levels. I think it is one of the finest examples of how mindfulness in practice works.
Yes, both anxiety and depression have other causes associated with them. But that doesn’t lessen the truth of how they are also products of time and reality.
One of the reasons I work on meditating is because of how it settles me into the present. This allows me to focus better, and to do more work to consciously create reality in order to manifest my life how I desire it to be.
Past, present, and future can be intertwined in many ways. Yet they always revolve around the present. When you are at peace and in the now — or in other words, mindful — you can release the past and face the future with hope and excitement.
“Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.”
Trying is a product of thought and feeling. You have an idea. You feel it out and put emotional energy into it. Then you try to do something to manifest it, hoping the attempt will be successful.
- Or –
You have an idea. You feel it out and put emotional energy into it. Then you act upon it. You do something.
Action, plain and simple. Trying is flimsy, and more passive than doing. Doing is active.
Do the thing. Let it go. Then do another thing. Yes, you still need to think and feel in the course of mindfulness. But don’t just attempt something. Don’t half-way try. Make it happen. Do it.
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”
The Alchemist is one of my favorite books. This quote may seem long and abstract in relation to mindfulness, but it is still very much a part of this practice.
Mindfulness is not just thought, feeling, and action in the head. It also involves the heart. Feeling is heart, and integral to conscious reality creation. Thought needs feeling to be energized into manifestation.
Comfort zones are places of little to no suffering. Yes, suffering is unpleasant — but all too often people let their fear of suffering stop them. Mindfulness — awareness of here and now — can help you to see that your fear is much worse than anything you are likely to actually experience.
You don’t need to believe in God to get something from the full quote. Every second you are mindful and aware, in pursuit of your goals and dreams, you are living to your fullest. All the potential, all the possibility is more likely to be joyful than otherwise.
There are many other great quotes out there applicable to practicing mindfulness. These six, in particular, speak to me and encourage my journey.
What quotes provide you with inspiration?
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you and I matter.