Mindfulness vs. Mindlessness

Life is very complex, there’s no doubt thatliving in the now can actually help you see a better future. For the most part we all juggle a busy lifestyle where we barely get a moment to ourselves, which can be extremely irritating if you let it get to you. There are ways to take control of your life and managing a million and one things you juggle from a day-to-day basics. Surprisingly a lot of people don’t know the difference between mindfulness and mindlessness. Knowing the difference between the two and actually practicing the concept living day to day can be a bit challenging. But like anything else that we want to master you incorporate it in your life someway somehow.

Mindfulness: aware of our well-being, which includes but not limited to: our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surroundings.

When we don’t focus on what is directly in front of us we lose sight of our goals and creativity. Ellen Langer, a Harvard psychology professor defines the term mindfulness as,” the process of actively noticing new things.” Being mindful is constant and to excel in this you have to be consistent.


Mindlessness: showing little to no attention, going through the motions, clear cut one doesn’t thoroughly think one just do.

There is a time and place for everything, just like there is a time and place to use both mindfulness and mindlessness. Believe it or not we are more mindless than mindful everyday.  For instance when your driving and you get cut off and you get angry, (we call this road rage) it’s a form of mindlessness. Another example of everyday mindlessness is not holding the door for someone who has their hands filled with groceries or someone elderly, or just being plain impulsive.

                                           

For instance when your driving and you get cut off and you get angry, (we call this road rage) it’s a form of mindlessness. Another example of everyday mindlessness is not holding the door for someone who has their hands filled with groceries or someone elderly, or just being plain impulsive.

Now I must say I am not implying that the examples provided are reasons to use the mindless concept but they are provided to better understand the difference and how to turn a negative and stressful situation into a simple but yet complex problem solving skill. There are lots of people who genuinely believe that the mindful concept is a complete waste of time, because it is focused more on analyzing whatever your current focus is. In my opinion mindfulness is you taking control of your life and understanding how and why being mindless can actually hurt those around that you actually care for.


Generally speaking in my opinion I think the only time being mindless should be a concept worth practicing is when there is a situation or minor issue that you really shouldn’t dwell over because it’s not that important to stress about. For example feeling nervous standing in front of a crowd of people to speak, you should really be mindless about just standing in front of that crowd of people but mindful on how you actually deliver the speech to that crowd of people (anyone who stands in front of a crowd and have to speak will get the jitters so it’s normal). Remember to not let mindlessness turn you into a lazy creator (everyone is creative not necessarily creativity has to deal with art, it can be writing or solving problems).

Above all, mindlessness isn’t always a negative why, to tackle problems as stated above it can be used to see the greater good in what is important. By practicing both mindfulness and mindlessness you are on your way to living a healthier and happier lifestyle.


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