Being Mindful – Yeah… Forget That!

being mindfulBeing mindful, how to be mindful… blah, blah, blah… it seems that is the current topic du jour for every self-help, inspirational, or coaching Blog out there these days… I say forget being mindful because I have a better idea.

Being Mindful – Yeah… Forget That!

Maybe it is just me but whenever I hear or read the phrase be mindful or being mindful I just roll my eyes and shut down… Sure, there is such a thing as being mindful and it has its purpose but I think we have carried that concept about at far as it can go.

I just call B.S. on the entire being mindful idea because what is being taught or prescribed is more or less trying to walk through your day in a Zen-like trance while wearing rose colored glasses and contemplating your navel.

You know… Namaste and all of that crap…

I also believe that mindfulness is explained in a way that makes it rather inaccessible for the average person on the street… That being said, forget being mindful and do this instead…


Think and be aware of your thoughts… Think and be aware of what you are doing and where you are. Think and do not be like the rest of the obliviots that we all have to deal with on a daily basis.

Use your brain and use your awareness of what is going on inside of you… your thoughts, your feelings, and your emotions, but also practice what we called in the military, situational awareness, by paying attention to what is going on in your external world as well.

To put it more simply… being mindful equals just frigging paying attention… nothing more… nothing less.

So on top of the overused phrasing with the word “hack” you can add being being mindful and mindfulness to my list of terms that have been so overused that they no longer have any meaning or value. (At least for me.)

Forget the whole mindfulness idea and just start using your noggin instead. It really is that simple.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten – 01 June 2007

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