Ironically this attempts to empty the mind not fill it, to get past it and indulge the senses. See, hear, smell, taste, touch. The mind prefers to examine the past or plan a future, not connect to and absorb the present. Most of the time we have a small percentage of our mind aware of our environment, no matter how beautiful, because it is so busy ruminating, stressing or planning!
Our minds run away with us literally. We lose ourselves to worries or desires, both corrupt our authenticity. At the core of our being we are driven by neither fears nor desires.
Be present in your senses and allow them to feed you. Connecting to the stillness and beauty externally generates energy. As energy rises, creativity blossoms and symptoms diminish. A sense of greater peace internally relaxes your whole system.
Creative thoughts flourish and open up opportunities by bringing your real gifts and expressions to the forefront again. Fears and desires suppress these sincere and powerful aspects of you.
The two true facets of mindfulness…
1. A discipline
To get away from the minds natural wanderings
Here you consciously try to connect to the senses to ‘take in’ simple information rather than paying too much attention to the rambling distractions of the mind that keep you from being present.
What can you hear? What can you see? What can you smell? What can you taste? What can you feel? (Physically and intuitively)
Here you actively pull your attention to the simplicity of the present. Obviously in this case enjoying your environment is paramount. Choosing beautiful experiences, in nature or culturally, accentuates this effect. Enjoying the things you are doing, rather than robotically going through the motions whilst being totally absorbed with the minds chatter.
2. Going beyond the basics
What’s the deepest therapy? How do I stop my mind thinking in the same way?
- Diagnosis of cause and effect for you as a unique individual
- Awareness of a dominant pattern and more importantly where it originates encourages a change naturally over time
- Diagnosis of authentic needs
Here you clear the patterns and the reasons for them with this awareness, so revealing the real drivers and needs that fulfil you rather than stress you. This is the most interesting point. We can easily understand that fears and worries stress us out but the real curiosity is that our desires do too.
This is because these are imprints, they are an idea of what you want, not real. These can drive our whole lives and take us away from what we really want to achieve and reclaim, the parts of our soul! Hence we become inauthentic, justifying a means to an end within ourselves. This action makes us uneasy and difficult to relate to.
When you enter into the realms of this type of work, there is a great payoff. Worries and illusionary ambitions fade and in its place you start to make very different choices that really FEEL right.
This is the only journey to peacefulness and emotional fulfilment. The real assets in life that are irreplaceable. No amount of ‘consumerism’ can attain these qualities which is why people feel so unfulfilled even if they have succeeded with some of these goals (material).
To really be well you must feel peaceful and fulfilled. Have removed yourself from all the illusions and tapped into the real.
If this sparks your interest get in touch and we will be happy to help
This week’s Recipe – delicious new possibilities for familiar veg!
Important: Debbie is selecting recipes with combinations of ingredients to inspire your cooking regimes, but while they are healthier choices in general, they will not address individual issues. You MUST make sure that all ingredients you use are compatible with your own individual medical conditions, medications, allergies and goals.
Jamie Oliver’s grilled cauliflower with winter pesto
3 banana shallots or 1 onion
1 large cauliflower
1 teaspoon ground dried chilli
2 x 400 g tins cannellini beans
25 g unsalted nuts , (whatever kind you have)
3-4 sprigs of woody herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, flat-leaf parsley
- To make the crispy onions, peel and thinly slice the shallots or onion into rings. Heat a good splash of oil in a pan and slowly fry the shallots for 15 minutes, until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside on kitchen paper to crisp up.
- Trim away the cauliflower stalk, then boil the cauliflower whole in a pan of salted water over a medium heat for 3 minutes, then drain and leave to cool.
- Next rub in the chilli, sea salt and black pepper, and drizzle with a little oil. Leave to one side.
- For the pesto, toast the nuts in a dry pan over a low heat until golden, then either bash with a pestle and mortar or blitz in a food processor until combined.
- Pick and add the herbs, and a pinch of salt and blitz or bash again until you have a thin paste. Season with lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper, and set aside.
- Heat the cannellini beans and a couple of tablespoons of their liquid
in a pan over a low heat for 10 minutes, or until warmed through. Mash and stir through 1 to 2 tablespoons of the pesto.
- Preheat a griddle pan over a high heat.
- Quarter the cauliflower and char on the griddle for 6 to 8 minutes, or until golden and charred.
- Divide the mash between four plates and top with a wedge of cauliflower, a drizzle of the herb oil and the crispy shallots.