HOW TO EMBRACE THE BEING MODE OF MIND FOR MINDFULNESS
It is sometimes difficult to practice mindfulness and embrace a being mode of mind in a society that values a doing mode of mind. Society values people achieving goals. You see people in the papers who have record amounts of money, or who’ve climbed the highest mountain. How many times has someone made the headlines for living in the moment?!
People are very familiar and almost comforted by the doing mode of mind. To stop doing so much, whether physically or mentally, isn’t easy. Doing feels attractive and exciting. However, people are beginning to realize that too much doing is a problem. In fact a whole philosophy has arisen and lots of books have been written all about how you can slow down.
You can be trading in the stock market and conscious of your physical, emotional and psychological state of mind – you’re in being mode. Being mode isn’t easy to cultivate, yet the rewards of accessing this inner resource far outweigh any difficulties in reaching it.
Here are some of the qualities of the being mode of mind:
The being mode of mind is what mindfulness endeavors to cultivate. Being mode is about allowing things to be as they are already. When you stop trying to change things, paradoxically they change by themselves. As Carl Jung said: ‘We cannot change anything until we accept it.’