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9. The Dude & Mindfulness

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So, on the way to work this morning I had a sense that I wanted to write another blog post for this site and thought I would continue along the theme of what makes a dude a Dude? I will make that my next blog though, as something else came up. 

So Easy to Miss Life, Man


Instead, while getting out of the car...


I picked up my laptop bag and the tote with my flask and water bottle in it, then began marching towards the office ready for my morning's work, but...


then, I felt the soft warming breeze brushing past my face on this glorious spring morning and how the temperature was my favourite, around 20-25 degrees.  Perfect.  But really, I'd love to be smelling the flowers, and reclining in a hammock than walking to the office.  


Then it hit me.


I was actually walking passed some flowers as I thought this.


So, I instantly slowed down.  Took a moment longer to savour the breeze, to breathe in the fragrance of the blossoms here, and feel the sunlight on my skin.


If we are not careful, we can miss the very fact that life is giving us exactly what we hope for, and yet, we can easily walk right passed it.


And Yoda might say, "You must of the moment be aware, or life you will miss."


Which brings me to the point of this post - mindfulness. 

Why I Don't Like Mindfulness


I don't like mindfulness.  Well, at least not the way it's often taught in Zen.  Zen will tell you that when you are washing the dishes, you must be fully aware that you are washing the dishes.  And you might get a little mindful speech to tell yourself, "Breathing in, I am washing the dishes.  Breathing out, I know I am washing the dishes."


Oh dear.


When thinking of a million-and-one other things while washing the dishes you might not be truly present to what you do because you have a mind that is full of other stuff, telling yourself that you are being mindful, is still having a mind that is full. 

The Limber Mind


Instead, we need to be a little watchful.  To catch ourselves.  To stop our over-thinking and just be.  To not trip ourselves up with too much rushing, too much having to be somewhere, and too much, er, where was I now?


But you know, it's alright if you find yourself being tense.  That's how this works.  One day, you go from being stressed and squeezed most of the day and noticing any little moments of peace, to largely being tranquil for much of the day then noticing the times you feel stressed.  That's better, isn't it?


Forget the now.  Forget thinking.  And slow down.  Then you get to see what you are seeing.



The Dude is the one sat on the left.


It's that simple.




Until next time.


The Reverend Thomo




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