The psychological concept of Mindfulness refers to the experience of our thought and consciousness in the present time that we are living, such a concept is approached by the currents of Buddhist thought in order to be able to enjoy the here and now, to live in harmony with our present and being aware of it.

Usually at some point in the day we spend a series of moments thinking about the future or the past . These moments can in fact be quite long, and even make up most of the day. Such behavior speaks of a significant lack of the present, of conscious reality in the space of time in which we live, the opposite of mindfulness .

Sometimes this is either an escape into the present or we have ideas that overwhelm us or cause suffering and we cannot stop thinking about it. The concept of mindfulness refers precisely to these circumstances


What is mindfulness?

This word from English could be translated in many ways. The most literal is “full mind” but the one that most respects its original meaning is ” full attention .” This word is in turn a translation from Pali, an ancient and sacred language for some aspects of Buddhism. What would become Latin for the Judeo-Christian religions. Mindfulness is a translation of the word “sati” which means to remember in its nominative form, what the experts of complete attention have called “to remember the present” , in a way to remind us that we are here and now

What is mindfulness for, here and now?

The applications are as many as the one who practices it decides. On the one hand, it can relieve us of negative emotions associated with past experiences, as well as eliminate the anguish of constantly thinking about the future . On the other hand, if it is combined with other concepts of Buddhism, it can make existence much fuller, because this non-theistic religion considers that everything that happens to us is only experience , that life is an eternal flow and feeling pain not It is optional, but suffering the suffering is. This constitutes a philosophy of life liberating from all suffering .

Mindfulness is a technique that can be applied in many circumstances. It is always being here and in the now it can be of much use to you. And this practice can be considered more as a philosophy of life and not as a typical new age practice that has “muddied” many deep concepts of thought, putting in its mouth terminologies that do not essentially mean what these new religions proclaim.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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