Liberty1 is the ability to have control over one’s actions. Clearly one can not have liberty if one’s mind is not one’s own. Many who value liberty, value property rights. The relationship between life, liberty and property are well described by Frédéric Bastiat2. I believe that property agency3, like most things, blooms from the center outward. We should focus our attention on owning our minds and our bodies before expanding attention to other forms of property.

Mindfulness to me is a state of control, of focus; it is the ownership of the most important part of our physical existence, the right now. It is the only place we really live. Gaining mastery of mindfulness is journey with many rewards. While mindfulness has played an important role in many religions for thousands of years, the expansion of its adoption beyond religion, is encouraging. I think we are just beginning to understand the many advantages. Every day it seems there are new discoveries in psychology, medicine, and other fields that show promise for learning mindfulness. Commonly touted benefits include relief from stress, improved focus, improved observation, strengthened immune system and others. I would describe mindfulness as navigating a river on a kayak, where the river is conciseness and mindfulness is the kayak. It would be possible to navigate the river without the kayak, but given a choice would you want to?

Here is a short video that introduces the concept of mindfulness.

Here is a more technical/neurological, yet simple and accessible, explanation from the same site that provided the video.

I own a book called Present Moment Awareness.

Present Moment Awareness: A Simple, Step-by-Step Guide to Living in the NowUsing this affiliate link will help support our efforts to serve you.

It is a great guide to mindfulness. You can read my review here.

In a world of noise, distraction, constant battle for your attention, and constant battle for your mind (the brain game), mindfulness is a powerful skill we can use to enhance our mind, body and life.

  1. Liberty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty [Accessed October 27, 2012].

     

  2. Frédéric Bastiat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastiat [Accessed October 27, 2012].

     

  3. Agency (philosophy) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agency_(philosophy) [Accessed October 27, 2012].

     

  4. Convert Chinese 念 to images - Create writing and calligraphy images of Chinese characters, words, sentences, symbols. Available at: http://www.words-chinese.com/chinese-writing-and-calligraphy?it=%E5%BF%B5 [Accessed October 25, 2012].