Mindfulness is our willingness to be aware of everything that happens in our life, especially our feelings at any point in time, without judging those feelings. Mindfulness removes thoughts that bombard our mind, putting them aside, and helps us understand the feelings that guide our lives.
Sigmund Freud divided the human mind into three parts: conscious, subconscious, and unconscious.
Conscious is how the world see us, the words we say, and the things we do. It represents a small fraction of who we are -- maybe 10% of who we really are.
The subconscious and unconscious parts of our mind represent 90% of who we are. They were formed during the first six years of our lives by the behavior and beliefs of our parents, by the unique experiences and pain we had in the first six years of our lives, and by the beliefs and actions of the generations of our ancestors before our parents were born. Those two parts are responsible for most of our automatic reactions to everything in this world. They influence our taste in food, smells, and colors; our outlook on life; and many other phenomena that we cannot really explain logically.
The basic book of Kabbalah literature that was written 2000 years ago divides the human spirit to 5 different levels of mindfulness and existence. Each section controls a different aspect of our existence, from our basic physical capabilities and primary instincts to our elevated levels of development and consciousness. The more mindful we are, the deeper we can go into our inner soul and develop higher levels of awareness and consciousness. The more we live in harmony with those inner parts of our soul, and the less judgmental we are towards our inner feelings, the more independent we are and the more able to have a positive role in the universe. According to Kaballah, if you wish to become the master of your own private life and a positive force to the people around you, you need to be aware and connect your thoughts, heart or feelings, and deeper emotions and desires. Once we release our ego (judgement and desire to control) and acknowledge the fact that everything that happens to us is for a reason and serves our higher purpose in life-- making a conscious decision to happily accept even things we perceive as "bad", because they serve our higher purpose in life--we enable ourselves to emotionally connect to the source of our soul, “the tree of life.” There the joy of life begins for us.
New age scholar Gregg Braden, contend that every person lives in three dimensions simultaneously: the world of thoughts, the world of feelings, and the world of emotions. Only when a person can connect these three parts can he or she achieve harmony.
All of these different, but also similar, theories basically emphasize the richness and abundance of the human soul and the need to create harmony among the various aspects of our existence. They also emphasize the work that one must do in order to connect to each of those different realities and to learn how to live a full, meaningful life by looking inside and striving to achieve peace and harmony in ourselves and the universe in which we live.
If we connect Gregg Braden’s modern terminology with Sigmund Freud’s and that of the more ancient Kaballah, we can say that our conscious is responsible for our thoughts, our subconscious for our feelings, and our unconscious for our deepest emotions.
What are the 3 main reasons people practice mindfulness?
Three great benefits of practicing mindfulness:
- Inner peace and happiness, no matter what is happening around you.
- Physical health.
- Changing the life of your loved ones.
This is how mindfulness works
We all live in an era of abundance. No matter if one is rich or poor, the industrial revolution, advanced technology, and low-cost production lines in China have brought us unrivalled comfort, known only to extremely privileged people 100 years ago. Our lives are generally more sheltered, and we enjoy more opportunities. We can speak and connect to people all over the world at very low cost. We can fly and see places only a few managed to see 100 years ago. The internet affords us information that was very expensive 50 years ago, and for which people once might have had to travel great distances to acquire. Today the sky is the limit, yet we see a lot of misery. True happiness is rare. Sometimes we feel that the simpler lives our grandparents and parents lived might be better. More and more people are taking anti-depressants, and chronic stress levels are soaring, making us unhappy and sick. If you look around, it seems to you that there are people who have everything. However if you scratch beneath the surface, you will find that they are not really happy.
Even the ultra rich, movie stars and celebrities, that enjoy fame and an income about which most people can only dream, are not immuned from feeling unhappy. They live in amazing homes, drive the best cars, dress in the most beautiful clothes, eat great food, have access to top doctors, fly in private jets, enjoy copious amounts of free time, travel to the most interesting destination on earth, look amazing because of their expert personal trainers, and have the best looking spouses. We all envy them from time to time. Many young people dream of becoming rich and famous like them. Yet the fact is that many of these people are unhappy, stressed, and constantly suffering from lack of inner balance.
Do these woes affect only super stars? Not really. It seems that the race for more and more money is never-ending. Whatever we earn is not enough for us. We live in a rat race where inner peace is absent. Divorce rates are sky-rocketing, family disputes tear relatives from one another, many use drugs to comfort themselves, many suffer from depression, and sometimes those whom we thought had everything even commit suicide. Psychologists and psychiatrists make a great deal of money from this misery, as does the drug industry of course.
At this point you are probably asking yourself: how can I achieve happiness?
Materialism alone cannot make us happy. Materialism is, of course, important to some extent, because in some way we all feel the need to live a comfortable life. At the same time, long lasting happiness comes from our soul and not from physical toys. One can live in a lovely house yet feel very lonely, because no one comes to visit. The beautiful house becomes a trap for unhappiness rather than a source of joy.
Our soul needs something else completely, and if we do not feed our soul properly, we become unhappy, no matter how much money is in our back account.
What does the soul need in order to thrive?
What our soul needs is for us to connect to a higher level of consciousness – a higher level of mindfulness. When you practice mindfulness, you feed your soul, and that is what brings you happiness.
This might sound a bit tricky to you, but it is not. It is very simple.
All you need to do is to practice mindfulness on a daily basis and feel the difference.
This is how it works
Our soul thrives on peace and on harmony between body and mind and among our conscious, subconscious, and unconscious. Our soul needs a balanced life. Hang on, keep reading, it is simpler than it looks.
Idle life are the one that contain balance among 3 elements:
- Work and creativity afford us the ability to express ourselves and provides give-and-take in relationships with others.
- Meditating enables the connection to a higher realm, giving us peace, clarity, and a sense of belonging. It calms us down and makes us more understanding of others and the fact we are very small in a very large universe. It is comforting to know we belong to something that is greater than us and understand how the universe works.
- Practicing kindness enables us to give without the desire to receive anything in return. Pure giving.
When you work hard, live a balanced life, and practice meditation and kindness on a daily basis, you win a direct connection to the source of life. It is that powerful! You become untouchable, no matter what happens around you. When you live a balanced life, this changes the universe and turns it into a better place for you and the people around you. This creates an amazing amount of happiness and richness for that specific mindful person, for all the people s/he loves, and beyond. A mindful person achieves control over his or her life in a completely natural way, by connecting to one’s own soul, inner feelings, and existence. Is this scientifically proven? YES IT IS!!! You can read more about it here.