💠"what flows through your attention sculpts your brain.💠
therefore, controlling your attention may be the single most effective way to shape your brain, and thus your mind. you can train and strengthen attention like any other mental ability;
💠mindfulness is well-controlled attention."💠 -rick hanson & richard mendius, in the book buddha's brain
many people are uncertain about what #mindfulness
actually is. i love rick's & richard's definition above; it's the #ability
to control one's attention well.
moreover, many people are becoming more #aware
of how our #mind
and what passes through it affects our #brain, mood and overall experience of life. this too is a huge and awesome step forward for western culture - we're no longer just victims of our mind! 🙏🎉
but the focus has mainly been on our #thoughts, e.g. "you can control your thoughts 💯%, and then you will be 💯% happy". but this is not the whole truth:
1) we cannot #control
anything 100%, not even our thoughts. (watch your mind and you'll see how you're not the one creating most of your thoughts - they just manifest out of your brain's neurons firing together partly due to old habits, stimulus in your environment etc.) this basic insight gives us both #humility
and, most importantly, #selfcompassion
when "bad" mind content (negative thoughts, emotions, desires etc.) pop up. which it will always do - although training our brains with #positive
mindfulness will diminish this.
2) what we can do is getting better at controlling our #attention
= what we #choose
then we'll not be affected by our or other people's negative thoughts/feelings/words/actions because we can choose to focus on what's positive in every situation. this is #freedom
that gives true #happiness.
3) we should use mindfulness and actively cultivate not only good thoughts, but more importantly #good #embodied
shows in his other book #hardwiringhappiness, our brain learns better from embodied experiences than merely just abstract thoughts.
so let's widen our mindfulness scope to also take in positive experiences #everyday, and really #feel
them in our #body.
have a fab day 🙏💚