Mindfulness practice is like a mega trend for some years. It is praised as a super key for wellbeing and spiritual practice. I want to bring it back to the level where it belongs from my point of view.
Mindfulness practice can be an observation about how you are doing at the moment, about your thoughts, feelings and your physical being, about how you inhale and exhale. It can mean also to be completely focused on your present activity without thinking about other topics.
This is all nice and good. The effects are that your mind can relax and focus better, that you calm down and feel a certain peace in your soul. You can release stress and tensions and you can experience yourself, the present moment. You can open yourself for inspiration, for new insights as the clarity of your mind increases.
These effects are connected to the problems we have to face today, problems like permanent stress, multitasking and basically crowds of thoughts running with high speed through the mind together with all kinds of emotions in the soul.
As usual, also mindfulness practice comes along with misunderstandings. Students of Bardon do this practice too, regarding introspection, thoughts control, etc. and the idea comes up that this state must be maintained the whole time. But this makes no sense.
Mindfulness practice makes sense when you need to relax your mind and soul from the permanent stress of daily life as it is a way to come back to yourself.
Mindfulness practice makes also sense when you do important things which should take your full awareness and concentration to gain good results.
On the other hand, we have lots of activities where mind and soul only need a minimum performance which means that the subconsciousness actually does the work and the mind is free to think about problems or to reflect on experiences which need to be processed. Here, the automated activities controlled by the subconsciousness offer the perfect frame for receiving insights, for meditating about problems, etc. For example, when you take a shower, you get inspired or when you take a walk you process experiences, and so on.
When you imagine that you only focus on all your activities, even those which are completely controlled and done by your subconsciousness then you have no time for processing your experiences or for deep thinking about problems and challenges.
When you understand these things, then you can perceive mindfulness practice as what it is and appreciate it in its range of application.