Mindfulness doesn't mean peacefulnessSeptember 28, 2011 | 4 Comments
From a participant in The Open Heart Project:
Q: “How can I increase my mindfulness when all the stressors of my life come into play at once?”
A: I really appreciate your question about becoming more mindful when you are experiencing moments of particular stress. This is totally doable. However–if by becoming more mindful, you mean ceasing to feel stress, it’s not going to work. When you are stressed (or happy or sad or bored or frustrated, and so on) the way to become more mindful is by simply placing your attention on your experience.
Your meditation practice teaches you exactly how to do this. When you meditate, the breath is the object of mindfulness. You place attention on it over and over and, when it strays, bring it back. You can make stress (or any feeling) the object of your mindfulness by doing the same thing: placing attention ON what you are experiencing, rather than trying to draw it away. I think you will find that turning toward your experience is the most direct way to liberate it. But don’t take my word for it. Let me know what you experience.