All human problems can be reduced to unawareness. Mindfulness is mindfulness of the present. Losing it, you fly out of reality and fall into mechanical dreams.
Not only does unawareness lead to miscalculations – you stumble, endanger your body – you also drown in bad emotions.
The less awareness, the more abrupt jerky reactions. All the most tragic events, all internal and external problems are due to unawareness.
When emotions take over the mind, you don’t even really understand why they arose. You just feel like you don’t like the situation, or the person. You get angry, raise your tone… the interlocutor doesn’t understand what’s wrong with you, responds with similar dissatisfaction, and chaos begins…
How to gain awareness?
Spiritual seekers often fall into fanaticism and collecting. It seems to people that the number of books bought is directly proportional to future knowledge. As a result, the shelves are full, the seminars are completed, and there is no sense.
Empty theories abhor real practice. They give off a touch of dry dreams.
Don’t create another mind fetish out of awareness. You don’t have to wish for it. Prefer mindfulness. Unobtrusive, undemanding. Just play it. Don’t expect results. But if fate pushes, disturbs you from sleep with negative emotions, use them as fuel for attention.
When you know the taste of mindfulness, you just remember how it differs from a disturbing dream. And with this knowledge you can no longer do without practice. Mindfulness becomes an essential tool. You go to it intuitively. Then emotions become a signal of an “alarm clock” and encourage you to wake up.
I am not advocating for the effort to remain aware all the time. It turns on spontaneously when you admit that there is no other way out.
The situation calls for…
Imagine that you are walking on a floor paved with black and white checkerboard. And you get electrocuted. It turns out that black plates are connected to electricity. You wouldn’t be jumping around this room in blissful oblivion, would you? You will move consciously – the situation requires it.
Or a simpler example, when you carry a glass filled to the brim with jam, walking on a white carpet. Spilling it is fraught with a lot of trouble. Dry cleaning is a waste of both time and money. That’s why you try to be vigilant.
So, as soon as a negative emotion creeps up, the slightest hint of it is the very situation that requires extreme awareness. Too often it is underestimated and suffer great losses.
Relationships, friendships, health – everything that is most valuable is threatened due to careless inattention to the present.
In anger, you can mechanically fall for an emotion. And you can ask questions: “what exactly did I not like? What exactly is reality “mistaken” again?”
This is a very subtle point. Because of unawareness, you buy into all your thoughts. Believe in them without looking back. Due to unawareness, it seems that their beliefs about right and wrong are true by default. As if you know the divine laws of the world.
It is worth raising the level of awareness, and all these structures fall apart before our eyes.
When you realize the present, you see its impenetrable inevitability, because it has already happened. The present has already played out and hardened. The belief that the present is wrong is simply “fantastic.” How can what has already happened be different?
Both spiritual and psychological schools encourage us to move towards authenticity, towards the recognition of the present — when you demand less and less from yourself, from life, you cooperate more and more with its natural flow.