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About mindfulness

In the last years mindfulness has become fashionable. Even psychologists talk about it and many recommend or use it as therapy.
I did not know what mindfulness was, not with that name. I find out now, after reading about it, that it is a non-confessional technique of meditation that seeks to make the Mind live in the present.
Applause for science! We're going forward.
I remember the discussions with my sister at Sunday meals at my parents' house. She is a psychologist and from that time has passed at least thirty years. I already practiced meditation and mental control at that time and she thought they were all quackery.
Mine was pure necessity to be able to control a complicated mind, very fast but susceptible to entertain itself with anything, and to generate emotions very difficult to repress.
Mindfulness, which is based on the Vipassana meditation of Buddhism, is certainly a breakthrough in the West, but in my humble opinion, it lacks something.
And it's not just an opinion but something I've experienced.
According to the scientists, during the time that we are not applied to a concrete action, the mind wanders. That is, it goes to the past, then to the future. They call this "fly." When it encounters a complicated event, the mind tries to "fight". And when something unexpected happens that overflows it, the mind "freeze."  This phenomenon, measured through cerebral activity, is called in English the three “efs”:
• Fly (run away)
• Fight (fight)
• Freeze (collapse)
The problem is that you can meditate for a while. That makes the amplitude of the brain waves decrease to the alpha phase (7.5 to 14HZ), but you cannot live on the edge of sleep. It's like taking an anxiolytic without its side effects.
What has not yet discovered mindfulness or science is that in the East, meditation was not used to relieve stress, but to achieve "enlightenment." According to the Vedic writings themselves, some persons did it quickly, others after thirty years of meditation and most, never.
Now, what the hell is "enlightenment"?
According to Wikipedia, it is some kind of inner clarification.
I am going to tell you a story that some specialists recognize as real:
Ananda was Buda's first cousin, his chief disciple and servant for more than forty years (this is real and historical). Despite his meditations and his life of asceticism, he had not attained "enlightenment," and though Gautama Buddha had named him his successor because his wisdom, the rest of the community would not accept him for not being "liberated". The night Buddha died, Ananda experienced such pain that the disciples themselves drew his attention. It should be understood that for Zen Buddhism, the death of an "enlightened" is cause for joy. Ananda replied that he was not sad and distressed by the death of Gautama Buddha, but because even after having followed his doctrine for so many years and having served him faithfully, he had not yet attained "enlightenment." That same night, while sleeping Ananda reached the Arhat.
Analysed from the point of view of modern psychology, Ananda's mind collapsed due to pain. This concept of liberation through the collapse of the mind due to pain has given rise to many practices: fasting, flagellation, asceticism ...
Okay, you will think: you have not yet explained to us what is enlightenment.
It is, in my experience, to make the mind take its place.
Is it that simple?
You are right.
The mind thinks that it is the boss, it is yourself, when in reality it is only an efficient secretary. While it believes so, you can quiet it by meditating, doing mental control, yoga or mindfulness, but as soon as you are not under those states, it will be back on track.
The only way to make mind understand what his mission is, is to collapse and make your true self take over the situation. It's just the beginning, mind will continue going into the future or into the past, but she will no longer have control. This I call "restoration" because it naturally exists in the human being during childhood and is lost with mental expansion and social influences in youth.
Does it mean that I will have to go through a great pain to "restore myself"?
The mind can collapse even when you break the washing machine and have no chance of getting another. The important thing is that when the "click" occurs, your true self takes control. And that is achieved with an exercise. In the same way that doctors can induce a coma to avoid major evils, it can be induced a collapse of the mind.
And ... why would I want to be "restored"?
• Substantial increase in concentration.
• Increased creativity
• Serenity in the face of problems.
• Change of position in front of your life and your environment.
• Greater capacity for understanding and learning.
• Substantial reduction and management of negative stress.
• Optimism.
• Inner peace.
• Greater understanding of situations.
• Greater clarity in decision making.
And I have just named some, the most credible.
The important thing is that you should not take any medication, enter into any sect or use symbols or fetishes.
We are an exceptional product of the universe, but we have not read the instruction manual.