On Mindfulness and Meditation
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“I love Emily Fletcher’s definition of Mindfulness:
Mindfulness: the art of bringing your awareness into the present moment.
“Bringing your awareness into the present moment is easy. Keeping it there, that’s the hard part. I’d rephrase the definition to:
Mindfulness: the art of keeping your awareness in the present moment.
“What’s the practice?”
“I find it useful to compare it with Meditation.
Meditation is the practice of focused awareness. Focusing your attention on a point (anchor-point).
Mindfulness is the practice of diffuse awareness. Focusing your attention on the now, on the present experience, and engaging all senses (VAKOG).
The two practices are complementary.
It is possible to combine the practices into one.
Mindfulness Meditation is the practice of both focused and diffuse awareness. While focusing your attention on a point, expanding your awareness to your entire peripheral field of vision, and engaging all senses.
I know this practice from NLP. The practice originates from Hawaii where they call it Hakalau. In NLP it is also referred to as ‘the now state’, or ‘the learning state’.”
“You use the word ‘presence’ a lot. What’s the difference between mindfulness and presence?”
“The way I use them,
presence is the desired state,
mindfulness and meditation are the practice for reaching the state.”