Every day after we wake up, we brush our teeth, floss and shower. This is not considered something extraordinary or special; it is something that we consider basic human hygiene.
We also take care throughout the day not to overexert ourselves, provided that we aren’t at the gym (where it’s safe to sweat). Similarly, we seek out pure water and clean food. We know that if we eat just anything that comes along, it will cause us problems, sooner or later.
Yet, while we spend all of this time and effort on our external conditions, what do we do for our mind? Nobody has ever taught us how to cleanse our mind! And our mind is much more important and complicated than our body. It is the ultimate driver of our happiness.
We all know that when we are angry, that feeling lasts for a while. It causes us to be irritable and more reactive. Sometimes we get upset because we misunderstand what someone else has said or done because of the mood we are in, not because of the actual situation. Then we feel regret.
Not only is a negative state of mind problematic in the moment -- even after it disappears -- it leaves a kind of soot behind in our mind. And most of us have not been taught us how to clean up this mess. So the accumulation of soot is thick!
The practice of mindfulness has been around for thousands of years, but over the past 30 years more than 1,800 scientific studies have analyzed the impact of training the mind. The results are amazing. Mindfulness, when practiced properly, can have a dramatic beneficial effect on our physical and mental wellbeing. It can actually change the way our brain functions. People who practice mindfulness can process information more quickly. They can better control their emotions and recover from setbacks more quickly and effectively. People with chronic pain have found relief in practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness also enhances mental focus that leads to higher performance.
Professional sports teams including the Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Seattle Seahawks consider mindfulness a contributing factor to their world class success. The U. S. Military is adopting mindfulness to improve decision making under fire, to reduce stress and to help veterans cope with PTSD.
Mindfulness is a quality of mind that we all possess. When it is developed through practice, this quality becomes stronger and more dominant. The benefits that this brings are nothing short of extraordinary. One of these benefits is that it cleanses the mind of the negative thoughts that cause stress and anxiety and that generally detract from our happiness and well-being.
So, purify your mind through mindfulness, and you will benefit in a multitude of ways.
Andrew has dedicated nearly 30 years studying mindfulness with many of the world's greatest teachers. He has taken the most beneficial of the practices that he has studied and verified and integrated them into a life with children, and a career in wealth management at global corporations . He is now dedicating his time to sharing these methods with people in all walks of life who are interested to discover ancient wisdom that is applicable and beneficial to modern life.