Rick Hanson the Neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness gives us a great gift by letting us know that, “Attention is like a spotlight, to be sure, shining on things within our awareness. But it’s also like vacuum cleaner, sucking whatever it rests upon into the brain, for better or worse.”
So what are you letting your awareness rest upon?
Think about it for the moment…
Play back your day in your mind.
What do you see?
Is it Buddhaful?
Or is it a hodge podge of gossip, negativity and worry?
So much about mindfulness comes down to seeing and understanding where our attention is being placed.
The mind wanders off while we’re sitting and when we notice that it’s gallivanting about we gently bring it back to the breath.
We don’t beat ourselves up, point fingers and place blame. No, we just know that life, our life is so much better when we’re focused on present moment awareness.
And this is what Thich is pointing to here.
That if you find that your life is filled with a bunch of not so Buddhaful moments change the channel.
Focus on the good (it may be hiding but it’s there). If you find yourself in a negative feedback loop of harsh words, criticism and despair, move your awareness and attention to something better.
Just change the channel.
Keep being Buddhaful!
* This week’s mindfulness meditation is from Moments of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh.