Mindfulness is experiencing a great surge in popularity. Internationally, across all religions, people are recognizing the benefits of compassionately observing their minds and emotions in the present moment. Mindfulness is taught in schools, hospitals and businesses. It is working its way into therapeutic models. Even without looking for mindfulness, people are being exposed to it. Our global consciousness of mindfulness is expanding.
The expanding awareness of mindfulness may be changing the world, but the revolution takes place in each of us on a personal level. The revolution of mindfulness occurs in you when the dictator who has been controlling your life is peacefully transformed into a benevolent monarch (like the butterfly).
The revolution occurs in you, both gradually and all at once. It begins with a sense of suffering. If you notice suffering in yourself or in others, you naturally want a way to make it stop. That is your natural compassion showing itself. When you notice that happening, with awareness, you are being mindful. At first you may not recognize that as mindfulness. The gradual beginning is noticing the terms of mindfulness around you and practicing them on your mind.
All around you, on the internet, in books, movies, television, and conversations, the popular ideas of mindfulness are floating around our collective consciousness. Be present, Return to your breath. Let it go. Be compassionate, loving and kind. Our minds and bodies are connected. Life happens now. Meditate. You are what you think. When you become aware of these ideas as practical and applicable to your life and your suffering, you begin practicing mindfulness, mindfully.
When your mindfulness practice begins, the revolution is under way. As you watch your mind, you begin looking for the dictator in you. Notice how you think about yourself. Do you think about yourself kindly, or critically? Notice how you judge others. Are you seeing their basic goodness or finding faults? Once you recognize that you are living with a dictator that is you, propped up by beliefs and habits, you have initiated the transformation.You have joined the revolution.
As you compassionately observe yourself going through emotions, thoughts and feelings, moment to moment, you notice changes. When you recognize a change of habit, or try a new response to an old problem, you gain confidence that you have influence over your internal experience. As you continually practice exercising that influence, you accumulate techniques. You practice breathing, listening, meditation, generosity, compassion, and build these skills into your repertoire. Then the revolution has happened. Your basic belief in yourself has transformed. The dictator may still offer judgements and decrees, but they will be delivered into awareness and met with compassion in a process of continual transformation.
As you practice transforming your suffering, the world becomes a better place. It’s happening, in you, now.