Why do I have to pay attention?

Mindfulness-based practices or strategies are appropriate antidotes to our busy lives, increasingly fragmented by the demands of work, family, responsibility, and the "self". Mindfulness promotes new ways of being and coexist with the world.


The attention full is it stone angular of my work with individuals, groups and organizations in the areas of it education, leadership, management, advice, development organizational and change social.

Take is a time to learn "attention full" is a way powerful of invest in release our brains and cultivate the deepening. Facilitates the "know what I am" and makes possible "the exploration aware".

We almost always tend to treat our thoughts as if they had existence, as if they were real. We believe that a "House" is a "House". In fact, that is a space vacuum formed by walls, ceilings, windows, doors, rooms, and so on... But "House" is an idea, simply a word meaning a place to live with different characteristics.

Arrived to take the ideas as if were realidades-raices concrete, until us is the account of that they are not real. For example, if I ask a mongol is a House, it is likely to think in a "yurt", but almost no one here knows what a "yurt". To understand that it is a "yurt" and associate it with the idea of "home", I have to see my concept of "home"with fresh eyes, clean look, with beginner's mind.

Another example familiar about how ideas may be "Dawn". We believe know what is the dawn, and to them we have seen from time to time. But, in fact, that that both admire "no there is actually". He Sun not is puts nor is lifts, the world revolves around the Sun in an only axis, with some areas intermittent that occasionally come in the shadow. So the dawn or sunset is "just an idea", but take it as if it were real. It does say: "Behold, colors bright so beautiful is van manifesting on earth while this tour on its axis every 24 hours". It is easier to say that the Sun will lie on the horizon and rises. Why?

We can not agree what an idea until our reality has agreed it. We got used to use mental shortcuts that will facilitate us communication - everyone understands what I mean when I say "Sunrise", and although it is not quite true, I say this. However this mental shorthand is eroding the realm of our Ideas and ends with the deepest thought. Live in that realm of apparent Ideas We unplug the real experience, and makes that we change by seudoexperiencias real experiences. Mindfulness unlocks the hidden potential that distances us from our genuine experience

Why do I have to pay attention?

Mindfulness cultivated research of no apparent reality, and challenges us to question ourselves about what we really know about ourselves. Yes, already know that what we know... but not are aware. We are prisoners in our notions of conceptual reality, because knowing that others will understand us, or we will love, we feel safe... and so will we. We ignore what insurance we would be having the direct experience of "not knowing knowing". Mindfulness connects you with different ways of knowing the unknown, takes us beyond the ordinary analytical mind and cognition.

Practically, what it does is expand our possibilities both in life and in work or relationships. It helps us to discern between "pain" and "suffering", recognizing that suffering is largely a hard-and-fast derived from the attempt to relieve our pain. The care full you gives a way of being more comfortable, you releases. And leave only exist in the thought of the autopilot that characterizes your routines. It teaches that there may be another single perspective when we put aside the old look. Mindfulness cultivates see those things as really are, rather than see them through our own distortion.

A bit of history...

Mindfulness was taught by the Buddha more than 2,500 years ago. In the different countries of tradition Buddhist are taught of way different: samatha, vipassana. But classical Buddhism recognizes that mindfulness adopts four domains of the mind:

  • Full attention to bodily sensations.
  • Tone care primary perceptual feeling: pleasant, unpleasant or neutral.
  • Attention to those States of the mind: fear, sadness, anger or others States emotional and mental
  • Attention to the contents of the mind, thoughts and the thought.

If we look a little more closely at consciousness we will observe that there are also four essential aspects. First, there must be recognition. For example, now is possible that note while read this text How is move my eyes-normally would be alien to the made underlying to the physical of the reading and I would focus in the content of the text-.

The second is the acceptance. It is easier to accept the movement of the eye, and more difficult to accept the boredom that gives me the text, pain or filiation - I don't like this article, why should I read it till the end? We are not aware of that have stopped reading other things, we simply leave "without conscience". So the attention full is this has to be followed of the interest -curiosity on how the sensations of your eyes is move in the same direction or in another-.

The finishing makes it the non, that us provides the possibility of leave of identify us with what is going on and how is going on. Non-identification is an essential component in Buddhist psychology. Understand that you are not only the movement of your eye, your eye, your dislike or your interest, or the text that you are reading, or the moment at which you read. The care full you can help to see more there.

Have mind of beginner and be willing to "put in game" them contents of the mind, emphasizing them processes creative, without losing of vista the discipline. Mindfulness requires scientific rigor, discipline, continuity of consciousness, and apply all this in a climate of respect, unconditional positive consideration to what is going on in the garden of the mind.

by Koncha pines - Pey, Ph.d.


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By • Apr 18, 2013 • section: General