Many people will know of various forms of meditative practices across different cultures and religions, such as a simple prayer. But did you know the root of what is commonly known as mindfulness came from Eastern philosophies?
When we look at the seed mindufulness sprouted from, it helps us develop a more profound understanding of how the blend of Eastern philosophy and mindfulness can empower us to live a fuller, richer, and more meaningful life.
The English word “mindfulness” could be considered a translation of the Buddhist concept of “Sati”-awareness.
The concept of mindfulness has been adopted by pop culture as a way to look within and embrace the self; the fact remains the orginal intention of the practice is to help break down the idea of seeing ourselves as a defined and separted entity; disconnected from the rest of the world. EEEEEK, sounds a little contradictory??…
I believe, to embrace who we are is by definition what self-compassion is all about.
To accept we have lots of positive and negative feeling and thought, and that is what makes us human! On top of that, we know how we behave affects everything else around us. For example, if we are feeling happy, we give out positive vibes, we are more generous and kind; whereas when we feel angry we are less inclined to give our time or thoughts to others.
So you see, everything in the world is interdependent, and we are in fact, one! Woop woop!!- we can both embrace our human nature with compassion as well as observe we are all connected.
On a parallel thought, Laozi, the very wise Chinese sage taught us that we hold true power by seeing the real connection between things that might at first seem distinct; such as people, situations, objects and matter. If we are able to see that everything we do affect something else in the world we become empowered to be the architects of new opportunities for ourselves.
It will help us to achieve the following in our lives if we can understand the real intent of mindful practice and Eastern philosophies:
- Own your thoughts and emotions in a way that does not allow it to control you or influence you in an unhelpful way
- Transform beliefs about yourself into unlimited potential and positive physical possibilities.
- Identify where your vitality lies in life and gain a strong sense of direction
- Begin to exhibit self-love and compassion whole-heartedly
- Create better and increased positive connection with people in your world, in a meaningful and authentic way
Mindfulness and Eastern philosophies together can help us invent and step into new ways of being; and gives us insights to powerfully grow into the person you have already dreamed of.
So, are you ready to be that person you know you can be?