In Search of Mindfulness. Playing Tricks on the Mind

Posted by Shama Jawaid Apr 30, 2019

In search of a Mindfulness Solution. 

Playing Tricks on the Mind.


What is life but the angle of vision? A man is measured by the angle at which he looks at objects. What is life but what a man is thinking of all day? This is his fate and his employer. Knowing is the measure of the man. By how much we know, so we are –Ralph Waldo Emerson.
I am sure you have heard of the old adage, ‘my mind is playing tricks on me.’ There is a sense of falsehood in this statement in that you don’t want to believe in its authenticity. 

It’s not your mind playing tricks on you as much it is you not wanting to accept the reality of a given situation.
The first time I heard about how to practice #mindfulness, I chuckled to myself and said, “Yeah and how is this going to help me cope with life as I know it?” I was more skeptical than most, being raised in a religious family and believe that you put your faith in God’s hands. What I didn’t realize was that mindfulness is actually all about God and Faith. Go figure! Without knowing much about it, I signed up for a mindfulness workshop specialized for those suffering from stress, depression, and anxiety, in search of a #wellness solution.

What is the meaning of mindfulness? 

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, which is used as a therapeutic technique.

According to happify, Mindfulness is a Superpower.  Mindfulness is the ability to know what's happening in your head at any given moment without being carried away by it.  Here is a fun short video you can probably relate to.

When I started the workshop, I learned very quickly I was already incorporating techniques of mindfulness within my spiritual practices, two of which were very simple exercises: writing about gratitude in my journal and #meditation with Nature. 

Mindfulness is self-awareness. 

Writing in my journal allowed me to focus on the positive things in my life; gratitude for what God had given me rather than ruminating over everything that I didn’t have. In a life where everyone just wants to ‘keep up with the Jones’s’, I realized that happiness did not stem from the material things, climbing the corporate ladder or defining myself to other’s expectations. I changed my mindset to one of deep gratefulness and appreciation for the little things. 

Mindfulness is being aware of your surroundings. 

In an age of cellphones, iPods/iPads and computers, I noticed no one looking up and around them but down on their phones. I grew up in the Eighties where people actually talked to each other and I told my electronically-fixed children I came from an age devoid of emails, texts, and devices other than a landline. I regard face to face communication a dying skill set that is the mastery of all communication where eye contact and body language are of utmost importance.  

Mindfulness is sensory. 

I’ve lost count the number of times I drove to work, not remembering how I got there. Now I take time to feel the leather on the steering wheel, to notice the different types of trees during my walks and the people I pass on the street. 

Taking time in Nature and contemplating God’s creations, allows for the intake of natural energy that is flowing, positive and alive.
The concept has existed for centuries, embodied in religion, philosophical thought and even literature. A famous example is American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, who led the transcendentalist movement in the 19th century, focused on the symbiotic relationship between Man and Nature -- where Individualism, Nature, and intuition are core characteristics in transcendentalism. This is also carried in the practice of mindfulness and incorporated in most methods of meditation.
The experience of being aware of your surroundings will never entail your mind playing tricks on you. It’s about you playing the tricks on your mind, by using it to manifest what you want and need. 

Live in the moment and use what mind power you already possess through infusing Nature’s energy into a better you, one that is healthy, strong and thriving.

Here is an Infographic from Garrison Institute, 10 Steps to Mindfulness Meditation Example if you want to try something like this to get started.

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If you are interested in seeking out more mindfulness solutions, check out, you'll love what happify has too.

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