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Who Is Mindfulness For?

Ordinary people.

Mindfulness is for anyone who wants go deeper—to increase the awareness they already have and learn as much as possible about the world and the way it works.

What does mindfulness practice accomplish?

Many mindfulness teachers will tell you that mindfulness is not about accomplishing anything. This is precisely correct, as far as the practice of mindfulness is concerned. However, there are some pretty engaging “side effects” of mindfulness practice that may serve well as motivators for starting and continuing your own personal practice. There is also a unique way of knowing that starts with mindfulness practice and doesn't work very well without it.

Many people report that they experience a greater number of meaningful life choices coinciding with a regular practice of mindfulness—even in the absence of any intention to do so.

Mindfulness can help clarify what's truly important to you and what it is you really want from life.

In the early stages of your practice you may experience an increasing awareness of negative influences. You may find you are less swayed by others' expectations or by their own habits and cravings; thus, freeing you to more easily clarify you own true purpose. When presented with a challenge or opportunity, you may find you increasingly hold back from immediate reaction and reflect on what to do. These moments of reflection can greatly help you continue in the direction of your purpose with fewer distractions and side trips.

Cultivating your own regular practice of mindfulness is the first step on your path to meaningful work. By adopting a systematic approach to this kind of awareness, you will learn how to:

  • Develop greater awareness of emotions that may hold you back from meaningful work.
  • See the reality of your current situation as distinct from your hopes, fears, and expectations.
  • Achieve greater wisdom about your life's purpose.
  • Recognize more of the obstacles to your search for meaningful work
  • Identify subtle barriers, such as fear of the unknown.
  • Overcome any tendency you might have to mindlessly defer to the expectations of others.
  • Master the art of minimizing your risks.
  • Welcome new information more readily.
  • Appreciate a wider range of viewpoints.
  • Reduce your tendency to ignore new possibilities as a way of avoiding anxiety.
  • Recognize and embrace opportunities as they arise.
  • Relax, and enjoy the process.

Goals are important, of course, but, in the end, you don't want to have missed life's journey.

It is good to have a place toward which to journey; but in the end it is the journey that counts.

Ursula LaGuinn, Winter

Your mindfulness practice will become the context in which your meaningful work is discovered. Be patient. Like any useful skill, it can take long and continued practice.

Those who know do not speak.
Those who speak do not know.

Block the passages!
Shut the doors!
Blunt the sharpness!
Untangle the knots!
Settle with the dust!
This is the Mystery of Evenness.

Those who have achieved this cannot be enclosed.
nor kept at a distance;
they cannot be benefited nor harmed,
honoured nor discraced.

Therefore, this is the noblest state under heaven..

Tao Te Ching, Chapter 56

Mindfulness can help us appreciate a wider range of viewpoints.

Why is this important?
Because you never know where or when insights and opportunities may appear. If you close your eyes because the view doesn't suit your taste, you could miss your stop.

Why would I close my eyes?
To protect yourself from anything that falls outside your "comfort level."

But I think I'm a pretty open person.
Perhaps you are. But you want to make changes in your life, and that could be dangerous.

The human brain will always try to protect us from danger. The path to meaningful work is one of personal growth, which invariably involves thinking or doing something new. Anything new is unknown. Anything unknown holds potential danger. No matter how much you want to make a change, the protective nature of your brain is going to try to stop you. ("Don't do that! You might get hurt.")

The brain is . . . an organ of survival, like claws and fangs. It makes one think things are true when they're really only advantageous.

Albert Szent-Gyorgi, Nobel Laureate

How does mindfulness change that?
Mindfulness helps you stand back and detach from the brain's automatic response to danger. You may still heed your own warnings and choose not to make a certain change, but you will have done so with your eyes open.

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