Psychoanalysis makes a happy marriage with Buddhism in that both encourage the practice of mindfulness. What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness (noun): the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
In other words, be here now. Not in the past, not in the future. But, right here, right now.
So, what do we do right here, right now?
We notice. We become aware. We observe without judgment or the need to change.
How do we do that?
Through our senses.
What are you thinking right now?
What are you seeing?
What are you smelling?
What are you tasting?
What are you touching?
What are you hearing?
What are you feeling?
As we settle into all that this moment has to offer, we open ourselves to life’s fullness. We won’t miss one iota. Because a reflective life beats the alternative – that of being a walking corpse, moving through time consumed and therefore, absent.
So, put down your phone. Take a deep breath and check in with your insides. This very moment might be the one where you get to meet you. How fucking exciting is that?