Mindfulness is really about love. Love and creativity. I know these are foolish, simple words for me to say these days, but sometimes it’s the oldest, most overused picture book in the library that speaks the truth, generation after generation.
When we choose the practice of mindfulness coupled with a daily, contemplative discipline like meditation, we are cultivating our capacity to love. Mindfulness is love in action, so to speak. Learning to love yourself and love others. It is really very simple. Love is always creative. From love, life is born.
The three essential components of mindfulness meditation are Time, Space and Energy. Learning mindfulness is about learning the function and interrelationship between each of these three alchemies.
Time. When we give anything in life a regular dose of sanctioned time, we communicate value, concern, and care. We spend time with those we love, we spend time with our life’s work. The amount of time we give or receive radically transforms our perspective. Over time we grow old and wise. When we are present, time is eternity.
Space. When we provide ample space for something unknown to exist, we are opening the door of possibility. When we are full or constrained whether it be physically or in thought, there is no room for novelty and expansion. When we declutter the space, starting with our mind, we are inviting the whole world in.
Energy. Life requires energy. We learn to metabolize energy wisely in order to survive. Choosing a natural source of energy is best, because it does not cause harm to others or the planet. Through sustained focus and understanding the field of energy vibrations that connect us to the earth and each other, we increase our potential.
Mindfulness is about putting these natural components into action. It is very equitable because we are all equipped! We can learn how this formula is applied in life and in nature.
Instead of love, some might call the result of this magic consciousness. In the end, it is all the same. Conscious loving awareness. We love deeply when we know. We expand ourselves and learn to generate this primordial warmth and compassion all around us.
In education, we don’t want to talk about mindfulness being about putting love into action. We’ve been socialized to believe that love is subjective, immaterial, and non-academic. Do we really need love to teach mathematics? Do we need love to succeed? That is why we are failing our children and the planet. In all excellent schools, in all excellent families, putting love into action is central to everything.
A teacher says “I love my students.” What is she saying exactly? Should we question her integrity? Do we think she is lacking in judgment and right selectivity? Perhaps love makes her biased and she cannot assess her students accurately. These are all important questions.
Love can be an illusory love, an egotistical and blinding experience. It is possible to lose clarity and balance. This is all part of the human condition! The universe is very clever! So, yes. We must be careful and vigilant, even when it pertains to how we put love into action! We must remain innocent and critical of our own practice.
Discipline is required and a guided contemplative practice, such as meditation, must be applied regularly to our lives and our practice in education. We must share our practice with others so that we can see ourselves and our work through their eyes. That is why we need each other, so we can see the world as a whole.
We can lead our mindfulness work with this understanding. That mindfulness is about love and creativity. Sometimes foolish, simple words are what we need.