A Minute with Mike

Mike-Buckley

Welcome to “A Minute with Mike”!  This is a place where we will be posting concepts and topics written by Dr Mike Buckley.  Some of these topics will be segments that will be added to over time while others will be shorter.  Keep an eye out there will be new updates…

Over the next few weeks we will be taking a look into meditation….

Meditation – Is mindfulness and meditation the same thing?

Part I

There is a growing trend out there in favour of mindfulness. In this blog we will be celebrating this trend and diving deeper into what meditation is and how we can be more mindful. But just what is this beast and how does it relate to meditation? Dictionaries suggest that mindfulness is “the quality or state of being conscious or footprints-in-the-sand-1-1540514aware of something” or “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.” Others talk about being “continuously present with experience,” or “maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness.”

Mindfulness seems to resemble the parable of the seven blind men and the elephant. beach-wood-1399097Each grabbed a separate part of the elephant and declared that elephants were like a rope (he grabbed the tail), a tree (he grabbed the leg), a wall (he ran into the elephants side), a hose (he touched the trunk), etc. etc.  So much of what has been written about mindfulness is so different from each other that we are left wondering if we are talking about the same object. Some people advocate running mindfully, while others talk about being still. Some people talk about mindfully “surfing” our emotions and accepting difficult circumstances or states such as withdrawal, fear, or hunger. Others advocate using mindfulness to change negative moods or thought processes. One could be forgiven for retreating in confusion. But rather than leaving the topic hopelessly snarled let’s talk a bit about what we are looking at and see if there is indeed an elephant behind all these different bits.

 *Keep a look out for Part II coming soon…

Previous Posts…

Below you will find older posts written by Dr Buckley concerning topics of interest. Feel free to check them out. There are constantly new updates as new topics are explored.

Meditation  – Is it the same thing as Contemplation?