Mindfulness

When people are mindful they are less stressed, more creative and productive; they can be more charismatic. It is the way you feel when you are most excited.

People have a misconception about mindfulness, ie it is the exact opposite of mindlessness and stress. Mindlessness is when you are on autopilot, eg you can't recall doing something or travelling somewhere; stress is what you feel when you are stuck in a rut. Mindfulness is how you feel when you are at play.

The education system encourages mindlessness, ie right or wrong answers, entrenched belief in certainty, everything is unchanging and learn things in an absolute way, eg

"...when you know something absolute, there is no reason to pay any attention..."

Ellen Langer has quoted by Theo Chapman, (2016a)

The problem with living in mindlessness is that is very stressful unless you find the very best solution to a problem and nothing change. However, the world changes continually.

Mindfulness can be the circuit breaker to the futile situation of trying to solve today's problems with yesterday's solutions, ie we need to find new solutions.

Words are important; some examples

- in the 1970s chambermaids lost weight by simply relabelling their work as exercise

- if cartoon jokes a label as work. However, they are not as enjoyable as when they are thought of as play

- many of the negative impacts of ageing (loss of hearing, eyesight, memory, dexterity, appetite, etc) can be overcome by placing people in an environment that resembles their youth and asked them to imagine being young again (this is similar to the playing of music from the era of an old person's youth being used to relieve the impact of dementia)

Work is starting to look at the effect of the mind on diseases like Type II Diabetes and placebo impact, ie people feel better by believing they are experiencing a therapy. If people are able to heal themselves by harnessing the power of their mind, healthcare would go in a very different direction

 

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