You can see and hear a lot about mindfulness lately. It has really taken off in the popular culture as something beneficial.
It simply involves witnessing as much as possible as it is occurring in the present moment both internally and externally nonjudgmentally.
Being nonjudgmental is essential. Most of us self identify with a highly critical and judgmental part of our mind I refer to as ego-mind.
Mindful awareness has been around as a spiritual practice for many thousands of years.
Back in 1979 Jon Kabat-Zinn created an effective therapy he calls mindfulness-based stress reduction or MBSR.
People have really embraced the idea and there are a lot of monetization models associated with it. That's very helpful. When we pay money for information we value it, and it's more impactful.
I have gotten benefit from practicing it in a very simple way.
Wanna know what it is? First let's see what we're up against.
In the yoga aphorisms of Patanjali we are told that our concepts of God are an illusion and we will eventually need to accept this and move on.
No matter how many lifetimes it takes, we all inevitably accept this and fully recognize our God-Self which is Being Beingness eternally.
Ego-mind, creator of your concepts of God, finds this notion very disturbing and will be very persistent in arguing against it, and it will be very disruptive. You may find yourself on some pretty dark paths if you let ego-mind lead you away from God-Self.
After all, when you finally accept the idea that the only thing "real" is God and It is beyond your present ability to fully comprehend, you won't be a slave to your ego-mind.
Ego-mind's most effective tool is fear. Fear of punishment, eternal damnation, etc are its tried and true tools.
That illusionary representation of God created by ego-mind cannot punish you if you don't support it with your belief.
Fear of believing differently from your cohorts is another powerful tool in ego-mind's arsenal. Groupthink is very powerful, especially in religious belief systems.
Just keep your thoughts to yourself if this is an issue.
This is a very simple practice. It is not easy.
Notice I use the word "practice" here. All spiritual activity is a form of practice, and your spiritual practice inevitably will lead to perfection.
When you first start witnessing with your non-judgemental God-Self you will likely get lots of resistance from ego-mind.
You may also notice that much of our most profound spiritual teachings are just lots of stuff generated by ego-mind.
You will eventually see that what we believe to be profound spiritual teachings are essentially meaningless forms of mental masterbation which are enjoyable only in a transitory sense.
That is okay, everything can bring you closer to God-Self recognition if you habitually ask "What is this teaching me?"
Avoid imagining an anthropomorphic God-Self Witness. That would be just another ego-mind thing. Pretty tricky huh?
Use your nonjudgmental God-Self Witness to notice everything and judge nothing. Let It notice your emotions, sensations, breathing, thoughts, external events and other people nonjudgmentally.
It takes practice. The benefits you'll get will be profound.
You will eventually self-identify with your God-Self and no longer identify with your ego-mind. Let everything be okay because it is okay.
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