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The Whole Picture

The Whole Picture

Here are some words from a yogi that is finding himself by bicycling across America. Being mindful and whole are things worth striving for in life. If one is not whole, one is not complete. If a person is not whole it is merely impossible to FULLY advance towards meaning, whether it be: a job, significant other, or even the type of food you eat. To be aware of who you are is to be mindful, and to make conscious decisions to strive for that is to have mindsight. Here is an excerpt from Dr. Daniel J. Siegel's book, Mindsight, in which he describes mindfulness transforms into. "Mindsight is a kind of focused attention that allows us to see the internal workings of our own mind. It helps us to be aware of our mental props without being swept away by them, enables us to get ourselves off the autopilot of ingrained behaviors and habitual responses, and moves us beyond the reactive emotional loops we all have a tendency to get trapped in. -photo taken by Shagun Pradhan This is slightly different than his definition of mindfulness."Mindfulness is a form of mental activity that trains the mind to become aware of awareness itself and to pay attention to one's own intention. As researchers have defined it, mindfulness requires paying attention to the present moment from a stance that is nonjudgmental and nonreactive. It teaches self-observation; practitioners are able to describe with words the internal seascape of the mind." Dr. Siegel describes this as a form of "internal tuning in" By doing this we can allow ourselves to be "our own best friend. And just as our attunement to our children promotes a healthy, secure attachment, tuning in to the self also promotes a foundation for residence and flexibility."To have this mindfulness and make conscious decisions to act upon being aware is to have mindsight. Here is an Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindsight. So what does this all have to do with wholeness? One must know why they are doing what they are doing, and not just running through the motions. Wholeness is a term I learned while I was in Santa Fe. I spent most of my two weeks in Santa Fe learning at a world...