Nowadays and in what to do of everyday life we are exposed to innumerable means and sources of information that are constantly diverting, distracting and dispersing our attention, when this happens our energy is also dispersed, because attention is nothing more than energy mental of thought focused on a specific point.
If our attention is constantly being dispersed we can not fully live the activities we are doing, whatever the activity, everything remains fragmented into percentages of multiple and superficial experiences, for example: if I am reading a book with the television on and the time I’m waiting for the mobile answering messages from both and, my attention is fragmented in television, book, mobile and what may happen in the environment… so none of the three activities is lived and experienced fully.
It is proven that the mind can only do one thing with full attention at the same time, but its speed is such that it can process large amounts of information in microseconds, so it has the ability, nature and ability to jump from one subject to another indiscriminately and thus, resolving the tasks that are required, fragmentarily… But when this happens, the potential for discernment and experience diminish considerably (that is why there is a tendency to lower the volume of the music when we are parking a car or in a situation that requires all our attention). If our experience of the activities we are doing is poor and superficial, it can produce a sense of inner emptiness, as if we had not consciously realized any of the three activities, nor watch television, nor read (understand) the book, nor answer the messages in an appropriate way… And as if it were a drug, this lack of full experience and feeling of emptiness asks us for even more activity and information inputs to fill the interior gap, the fish that bites its tail…
Through the practice of meditation, asana exercises and conscious breathing, we can gradually cultivate and develop the ability to act with full attention in each activity we are doing, as well as maintain this attention for longer periods without being caught or distract by other factors that may claim our attention.
If this ability to act with full awareness strengthens the inner serenity is increasing simultaneously and by the same inertia of the fish that bites the tail, but conversely, mindfulness promotes serenity and serenity allows it to develop more attention and awareness in the activities, which translates into a richer life in experience, with less stress, greater clarity and power of discernment, when the mind is serene it is easier to give practical and clear solutions to the challenges that life presents us, which inevitably will also result in a more balanced and stable mood… and let us not forget that health in general is closely related to emotions.
It is not surprising that in today’s hypermedia society we are increasingly interested in resorting to these millenary practices such as meditation, asana exercises and conscious breathing, (among others) in order to counteract and balance this excess of information to which we are exposed.
A good practice that correctly follows the guidelines proposed by these millenary techniques to promote mindfulness will gradually lead us, but surely, towards that state of yoga, where we can find harmony and balance between our human dimension and our spiritual dimension.