I wish you a mindful Christmas
Posted on December 19, 2014
LUIS: I was listening to Sting’s album If on a winter’s night while I wrapped up my year and worked on my 2015 schedule. Winter is kind of a slower season, nature seems to slow down to enable restoration. I don’t think our desensitised lives let us feel the rhythm of the seasons any more but I felt kind of wintry today, had a sense of closure and a need to retreat.
I thought I was ready for not doing, for letting go, for sitting by the fire and let things happen. I realised that these are all qualities of mindfulness that sometimes are not so easy to grasp and I thought I’d take the opportunity to write about them.
Not doing is not the same as doing nothing. There is nothing passive about not doing. It’s quite unnatural for us because we are educated to do things all the time and we are constantly pushed for action in our lives. If you think about it, how many things we do just because we have to but feel don’t have a clue about what we really want to do?
In those situations the conscious decision of not doing gives room for creativity. Not doing gives us the chance to act only when we know what we want.
So, not doing is a bit contemplative? Yes. Again, is that passive? No, it’s not. Being contemplative allows us to see things we didn’t even know were there and not give in to the urge of acting upon them. This non action allows us to see even more possibilities and become aware of how we are relating to them.
Neuroscientists explain that this contemplative attitude frees up millions of busy connections in our brain that, like us, when it’s not that terribly busy can focus on the important stuff. When this happens we can think clearly.
Letting things happen is trusting the process with an open mind paying attention to what is and not being fixated on the way we think things are supposed to be. When we expect things to be the way they are supposed to be we walk through life like a blind without a cane.
Letting go will release energy trapped in the old and will make that energy available for the new.
Trust is also an important quality of mindfulness. Trust in yourself, trust in the process, trust in your intuition and in your abilities.
I wish you a mindful Christmas.