What is mindfulness?
It is the awareness of your thoughts and feelings. You gain recognition in the present of what you are thinking, as well as what and how you are feeling. (The intent of actions is a part of mindfulness as well, but I’ll get to that later).
Mindfulness doesn’t just cover your thoughts and feelings alone. It also goes deeper. Mindfulness delves into your psyche, your overall mental, emotional, and spiritual makeup.
Being mindful, in a nutshell, is ultimately being aware of you.
Because of how society tends to work, people live more subconsciously than consciously. What does that mean? It means you do things by rote, you live within and by a routine and just go with the flow.
To be fair, there are times this is a good way to be. But not all the time, because your subconscious mind lacks filters your conscious mind has.
Consciously you filter the information you take in. Subconsciously you do not. As such, all the negative energy and distressing news you come across embeds itself more easily and unquestioned when you are letting your subconscious have control.
It is not hard to take control and use your conscious mind more regularly. It does, however, take some work that initially requires a lot of effort but gets easier over time.
Becoming conscious of your thoughts
I am thinking all the time. Turning my mind off and not thinking is pretty much impossible.
Thought takes on many different forms. Ideas, notions, chewing on facts and figures, past, present, future, people, places, things, tangibles, and intangibles all makeup thought.
Thought is a many-colored notion. One way to quantify it is by using D&D character stats. Thought can be made up of both intelligence and wisdom.
Intelligence is information knowledge. It’s the things you have learned and get to know. Book smarts, in other words.
Wisdom is sense. It’s knowledge in the ways of life, the Universe, and everything. It’s instinct, and it is street smarts.
Thought is abstract in that it can often be incomplete. A half-baked idea may pop into your head for a story, a song, an invention — or anything else you can conceive of.
Everyone has thoughts that are good, bad, and neutral. Thinking about how you can sew masks to provide for people in need is a good thought. Thinking about what to eat for lunch is a neutral thought. Then, thinking about robbing a bank or committing a crime is a bad thought.
Thought, to be made manifest, needs to be married to feeling. Thought alone has no power to be created. It requires passion and other feelings to come into reality.
Some thoughts take only a slight amount of feeling to drive action and be made manifest. Others take not just a lot of feeling, but journeys into wholly new and never-before-charted territory.
When you become conscious of what you are thinking you empower yourself to marry that thought to feeling and action. That opens you to conscious reality creation and manifestation of the things material and immaterial you desire to have in your life.
Becoming conscious of feelings
Let’s clear some things up right away. Feelings are messy. Complicated. Super-variable and unique to everyone.
When it comes to feelings, we all have a common dialect for their names and the notions of what they mean. Identifying what you are feeling tends to include names like happy, sad, angry, annoyed, calm, content, irked, irate, joyful, sorrowful, and on and on.
What you are feeling, however, may not explain how you are feeling. How you are feeling can be as variable as the names for feelings and the almost 8 billion people living on this planet.
Take anger. Some feel it as a cold, icy dagger. Others feel anger as a red-hot fiery flame. Still, others can feel anger as either of these extremes depending on the situation and circumstances.
How I feel when my family angers me is different from how I feel when a trusted confidant does.
What’s more, sometimes the how of your feeling cannot be readily labeled. Depression, for example, manifests in a lot of different ways for different people. Then, just for a little more added fun, it can blend diametrically opposed feelings together into a hodgepodge of unnamable unfathomable emotion.
Feelings can rise up based on a single word or action. And they can originate in your unfiltered subconscious like a matte-painting background. Out of nowhere the Cliffs of Despair are no longer a distant painting but looming right over you.
When you become conscious of your feelings you empower yourself. Recognizing what and how you are feeling allows you to alter, influence, change and control the emotions. This can be difficult — especially if you have allowed your subconscious to do most of the driving — but gets easier over time.
Nobody is perfect when it comes to mindfulness practices
I have been working with mindfulness and conscious reality creation for years. When I am having a good day and am conscious of my thoughts and feelings, I can get a lot of work done and do some awesome things.
However, when I am having a bad day — and I am overwhelmed by either happenings directly impacting me and/or world news and information — this is challenging. If I absorb too much of that negativity into my subconscious, taking back conscious control becomes that much more challenging.
It’s easy to beat myself up for slipping. I don’t practice what I preach, and who am I to keep pushing my philosophy, mindfulness, conscious reality creation, and so forth?
The answer is easy — a human being. And like everyone else I will have bad days. I am perfectly imperfect like all the rest of the people in the world.
Nobody is perfect — or — everybody is perfectly imperfect. As such, nobody is always conscious of their thoughts and feelings. Mindlessness happens — and there are times to just embrace it and let go.
You are empowered at any time to reconnect to yourself and be mindful.
Action spurred from thought and feeling
Finally, to make anything manifest and consciously create any tangible or intangible thing, there needs to be action.
When you have practiced mindfulness to become conscious of your thoughts and feelings that opens you to knowing and directing the intent of your actions. Intentional action is a step to manifestation. Big or small, it’s how things get done.
Unintentional actions are things you do with no goal or purpose. They can also be done subconsciously with no intended consequence nor outcome. Action for the sake of action looks like it’s something — but tends to be inconsequential.
President Trump holds daily briefings on the COVID-19 crisis to look like he’s taking intentional action. But since nothing comes of this it’s merely action for the sake of action.
If his action in the briefings was intentional — directing things to help the situation along rather than narcissistic masturbation — that would be intentional action capable of manifesting something into reality.
No matter who you are or where you come from you are empowered to consciously create your reality. When you break down mindfulness into its constituent parts and examine closely what awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and action are, you can see how it can help you help yourself.
Do you practice mindfulness to consciously create your reality?
You are worthy and deserving of using mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you and I matter as do your thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Originally published at http://titaniumdon.com on April 29, 2020.