Relationship between contemplation and mindfulness
February 22, 2014 1:01 PM Subscribe
What is the relationship between contemplation and mindfulness?
Over the last few years, I have learned more and more about concepts related to mindfulness and mindful meditation. It wasn’t until the last few months, and especially the last few weeks, that I have been intentionally trying to incorporate the practice of mindfulness into my everyday life. I do my best to not to let my mind wander into the past or worry about the future and in turn, I redirect my awareness to the present moment without trying to judge my thoughts and/or feelings. I have been practicing mindfulness while walking, eating, listening, and meditating. Also, there have been improvements in my attention and ability to be understanding things more clearly in the last few weeks which is exciting.
Obviously because we, as humans, have trained our minds since early on to believe that it’s okay to let our minds drift out to sea and ruminate, it’s inevitable that this will happen. And being aware and redirected the attention makes sense to me. But to what extent does contemplating about an idea or while generating new ideas/problem solving work with or work against the practice of mindfulness? By contemplation, I am not referring to letting the mind ruminate on the past or about the future, but I am talking about forming an understanding or an opinion about a thought and then maybe analyzing or evaluating it. Or how about contemplating while planning for the future?
If one is trying to be as mindful and present as possible throughout the day, how and when can contemplation be integrated into their everyday life? Sometimes contemplation can get one lost in a great thought and the mind may drift into a direction that satisfies that person and then reinforces a present sensation. So maybe they work together? When does contemplation and mindfulness not work together? I know I might be over-analyzing here but I'm more or less curious.
Responses to any of the aforementioned think-aloud questions would be greatly appreciated, thank you!