Jun 23, 2014

Living mindfully

In her great book "Thrive", Arianna Huffington talks a lot about the importance of incorporating mindfulness into our lives. And this is something that should come naturally and be every day present. These are some of her words from the book upon the subject that I think resonate very well and says a lot about the concept mindfulness:

"One of the best - and most easily available - ways we can become healthier and happier is through mindfulness. When I first heard about mindfulness, I was confused. My mind was already full enough, I thought. I  needed to empty it, not focus on it. My conception of the mind was sort of like the household junk drawer - just keep cramming things in and hope it doesn't jam. Then I read Jon Kabat-Zinn's writing on mindfulness and it all made sense. In Asian languages, he wrote, the word for mind and the word for heart are the same word. So when we hear the word mindfulness, we have to inwardly also hear heartfulness in order to grasp it even as a concept, and especially as a way of being. Mindfulness is not just about our minds but our whole beings. When we are all mind, things can get rigid. When we are all heart, things can get chaotic. Both lead to stress. But when they work together, the heart leading through empathy, the mind guiding us with focus and attention, we become a harmonious being."