Mindfulness: What is it and how do I get people to stop talking about it?

FreedomFriday #2

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For a really long time, all people talked about was cross-fit and the fact that they were vegan. Lately, a new trend has worked its way into every conversation. No, Martha, it isn’t Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

Okay, that wasn’t funny. Okay, maybe a little.

But, the thing I’m talking about is mindfulness. It’s everywhere. It won’t be long until this trend will die and go to whatever place trends go to after they are no longer popular. Probably, some kind of government garbage site, maybe even area 51. Who knows?

But first things first, what is mindfulness? Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. At least, that is what Berkley University has to say about it. Mindfulness is basically living in the moment, experiencing every little detail and being aware of the things surrounding you. Mindfulness basically wants us to get our heads out of the clouds and on to the ground. It’s a way to get you to stop overthinking the future by thinking about everything that’s happening in the present.

So…

Do you have conversations with people and zone-out somewhere in the middle of talking to them?

Or do you ask people a question and don’t even pay attention long enough to hear the answer?

Then maybe you need mindfulness. And don’t worry, it’s not some weird spiritual thing. It’s very serious. They teach you how to be more aware in some really intense ways. For example, you have to eat a raisin, but before you swallow it you have to be aware of the raisin and really feel the raisin in your mouth. You and the raisin have to bond and really feel connected… And then you can eat it. Another example is consciously brushing your teeth. Really feel the toothbrush.

So, I tried it. I consciously brushed my teeth. This is what happened:

I can do this. This is easy. I can feel the brush on my teeth, irritating my gums. The toothbrush kind of has a nice hum. Honestly, I’m an absolute pro at this mindfulness. Look at that brush go round and round. Isn’t it funny how my electric toothbrush does all the work for me, but I still move the brush in circles? I mean, I could just keep it still, but here my hands go moving in circles like it’s their favourite thing in the world. It’s kind of weird how we use an electric device to brush our teeth. How lazy are we humans? What’s next? A robot brushing my teeth for me? Probably.

Oh, wait!

I’m supposed to be paying attention. Well, I’m almost done now anyways. This was fun…

Okay, time for bed.

Maybe I should be more present, but honestly, people don’t know what it’s like living in my head. It’s just so much more fun up here. There are moments, though, where I zone-out when I shouldn’t. Sometimes I just nod while having a conversation and don’t even know what we’re talking about. I am working on it, though. And although mindfulness isn’t for me, it has shown me how unaware I am at times. So, maybe it’s a good thing we’re talking about it. It’s helped me.

Have a nice Friday.

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FreedomFriday #1

Yesterday, me and some of my friends went to the zoo for my friend’s birthday. (No, it’s in no way weird that a twenty year old and her friends go to a zoo!!!) We had a really fun day together, but walking through the park I realized something. Humans are the weirdest animals of all. And that’s saying something! We put these animals that are supposed to live in the wild in cages, but because we don’t want the animals to feel homesick we recreate their homes. Then we proceed by walking past them, taking pictures and expecting them to do something funny or interesting. I’m still waiting for the lions to tap dance and for the elephants to tell a knock knock joke. But okay! That’s not going to happen. So, I’ve realized that it’s way more fun to watch the humans!
Kids are screaming and running around. They had way too much sugar all day and turned into these little demons. Seeing them run around is great, but the real fun begins when they fall face down into the dirt. Or when their faces are covered with ice-cream and their parents are running behind them trying to clean it. The kids just go crazy and their parents regret not using birth control. You can just see the despair on their faces. It’s the best!
Then we also have the humans who start comparing the animals to their family members. (It’s truly a fun game to play). That gorilla looks exactly like aunt Jackie! Oh-oh, look at that snake. It looks so much like my mother-in-law. I feel really connected to that sloth just hanging around!
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And when the animals bore you, you can always just start making out! I’m all for public displays of affection, but just keep it PG rated people! They’re called private parts for a reason.
Humans truly are the best! If it’s up to me, we should start zoo’s just for humans. Oh wait, I just realized we already have that. It’s called reality TV. Stupid me!

Have a nice Friday!

PS. If Honey Boo Boo, or whatever she’s called, can compete in pageants and actually wins the crown, then I’m not crazy for thinking I’m a freaking supermodel!