Mindful moment. Today write something that’s mindful. That means forgo writing critically using abstractions and big ideas and just live in the reality of the moment you choose to capture. Being “mindful” traces back to the teachings of Buddha and Buddhist meditation but has been used more and more to address experiences beyond spirituality.
Here are a few Western concepts of mindfulness (often coupled with psychology) to consider:
- bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis
- paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally
- a kind of nonelaborative, nonjudgmental, present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling, or sensation that arises in the attentional field is acknowledged and accepted as it is
Mindfulness is a practice we’ve tapped into on some of our other prompts (like Ekphrasis) but today just attempt to capture a moment as realistically and nonjudgmentally as you can. Don’t worry about being elaborate or intricate with your post. So often, the goal of writing is to truly “say something” and this means we are: analyzing, judging, qualifying as we go. Take out that layer today. Don’t go there. Write without calculating and ruminating on something – just address it, be present with it, and record it.
How did this exercise go? Is the act of blogging counter-intuitive to the idea of mindfulness?