I have been looking for ways to decrease my anxiety levels and the theme that keeps re-appearing is mindfulness. Wikipedia nicely defines mindfulness as:
“intentionally bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment”
Yesterday I noticed a friend posted a quote from a new book called Silence which is written by a Tibetan monk named Thich Nhat Hanh. He is a master of mindfulness and has written many books on the subject. After reading the book preface, I purchased the book to read on my iPhone. The words on the cover alone drew me to it:
“SILENCE: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise”
The book teaches us how to be mindful and embrace the moment we are in. I find this a difficult thing to achieve but I also know how important it is to learn mindfulness. My mind is constantly barraging me with information due to the many stimuli I am presented with all day. Thich explains how we never rest our mind as we subject it to radio, TV, movies, books, magazines, video games, social media as well as all the external advertising that we have no control over. All these things are processed by our minds and can hang around for days in our subconscious depleting us of energy and preventing us having clear thinking.
Thich explains that there are four types of food that every person consumes each day. Buddhism refers to them as the Four Nutriments which are edible food; sense impressions (experiences we have via our five senses); volition (doing something of our own will); and consciousness which includes individual and collective consciousness. If we want to be mindful and not be anxious or fearful we have to attend to each of these nutriments and provide nourishing food and data for our body and mind to consume.
I am thoroughly enjoying the book and look forward to finishing it and I have already started putting the tips into practice. I’d love to hear about your thoughts on the book if you decide to read it. Please add comments below and happy reading!