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Citati iz knjige „Introducing Mindfulness – A Practical Guide“ autora Tessa Watt

Mindfulness is not about having a mind that is empty and blank. Your mind will have lots of thoughts, and that is okay!
What does it mean to be a human being? The mindful answer puts the emphasis on the word ‘being’. We are human beings, but we have forgotten how to be. We have become human doings, trapped in a mode of always doing, acting, achieving and keeping busy. When we stop, even for a moment, it can feel frightening and unnatural. Activity and busyness have become our default mode.
Feel the sense of your own body
to open a door and let in some fresh air and space.
Mindfulness is about teaching yourself to be more:
Mindfulness creates space for ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’
If you allow time for being, it will help your doing to be more productive
Set aside time for formal meditation practice – even 5 or 10 minutes a day is a good start
You can also train yourself to create little spaces, pausing often throughout the day. Use a sound, visual cue or activity as a reminder.
This is not the kind of acceptance we’re talking about. Acceptance is seeing clearly how things are, and not struggling with that basic reality. It doesn’t mean that we can’t take action against injustice or wrongdoing in the world. Once we have seen clearly and accepted what is here, then if there are things we can helpfully change, we can take action. In the words of the famous
meditation practice, if we look and listen clearly to this internal voice, we may find that we are always giving ourselves a hard time. If our mind wanders, we chastise ourselves. If we are sleepy or irritated or angry, we blame ourselves. Or we turn this criticism outward, blaming the environment, the teacher or the practices
To have better concentration and focus
We seem to have a lot of interest in the body – everywhere there are images of sex, of fitness clubs, and of beautiful bodies selling products. But if you reflect on these images, a lot of our culture is about looking at the body from the outside, trying to shape the body into our ideas about how it should be.
To let go of ‘thinking’ mode and come back to ‘being’ mode
To become more aware of your emotions and how they manifest as physical sensations – as you gradually let yourself feel the difficult sensations and emotions, you will discover you can handle them and that you don’t have to repress them or act them out
Being aware of where we are and what is happening, right now. It doesn’t mean we can’t achieve things. In fact by training ourselves to shift regularly into this mode of being, it’s more likely that our doing mode will be effective, focused and productive.
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