We all have three states of mind: reasonable mind, emotion mind, and wise mind. Reasonable mind is the cool, rational state of mind where you are ruled by facts and logic. On the other hand, emotion mind is hot and ruled by emotions and feelings. Both of them have value, but it’s easy to become polarized into one state of mind, feeling either controlled by our emotions or being completely cut off from our emotions.
In today’s society, there always are so many things fighting for our attention. We live at a frenzied pace, running from one event to the next or trying to do five different things at once. We are taught to be multitaskers because of all the things that demand our time and attention, from advertisements to Instagram posts to tasks on our to-do lists. We never seem to have enough time, so we talk on the phone while replying to emails, we reply to a text while walking on the treadmill, and we scroll through Instagram while stirring something on the pan.
What do you think of when you hear the word “mindfulness”? You might imagine someone sitting cross-legged and chanting “Om” to themselves. Or maybe you think of taking deep breaths and clearing your mind while soft piano music plays in the background. For most people, meditation is the first thing that comes to mind when they think about mindfulness, and while meditation is a great way to practice mindfulness, it’s not the only way!