What does it mean to be mindful?

I have gotten this question about mindfulness many times, so I thought I would address it within a post. Mindfulness can come from many forms and many angles. Thus we must approach it for what it is in both foresight and hindsight. Mindfulness practice originated in the eastern orient traditions and was used to enhance the availability of sight within the environment to improve the presence of the person in whatever they were doing or not doing. That is why often if you refer to books written in that time you can see that kind of language used. However, in reality, the practice is not limited by any religious doctrine at all.

 Jon Kabat Zinn, a Professor of Medicine Emeritus and a creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He was able to use the practice to help thousands of individuals in a clinical setting get in touch with what is happening in their lives...

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The 3 Levels To A Warriors Mindset: Part 3

Hi everyone,

Today we will cover the last part of the series on the three levels of a warrior's mindset, so I hope you have enjoyed it thus far. 

Now we have spoken about the previous states of mind and how they relate to each disposition, but I will do a quick review for those who have just tuned into this series. 

State of mind 1: Zan Shin is translated as ‘Remaining Spirit’ and refers to a vigilant, all-encompassing awareness. 

State of mind 2: Mu Shin means ‘Mind Without Mind,’ or the state of No Mind. Mu Shin is a state of spontaneity that allows immediate action without conscious thought. 

Now the state of mind three is known as Fu Do Shin.

Fu Do Shin is the ‘Immovable Mind.’ It is the mind that has met all challenges of life and has attained a state of complete composure. This state of mind cannot easily be disturbed by confusion, anger, doubt, or fear. It is the calm in the center of the storm.

Have you...

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The 3 Levels To A Warriors Mindset: Part 2

Hello everyone,
Today we will be discussing with you how to use your mind as an anchor instead of an accelerant when processing thoughts through your day. The process is named Mu Shin.

Mu Shin means ‘Mind Without Mind,’ or the state of No Mind. Mu Shin is a state of spontaneity that allows immediate action without conscious thought. “Mu” means “emptiness.” The mind is empty in the sense that it is void of fear, anger, worries and various other preoccupations. The absence of these distractions creates the space for increased awareness and clarity. Mushin is often referred to as “the zone,” – a relaxed state of peak performance.

Have you ever seen anyone in the zone? If you look back at famous fighters such as Mike Tyson in his prime or Baseball and Football player, Bo Jackson who played professionally at both levels. You can see the zone. It is not a reflex, but an anchor point of being. Learning to do without doing is something...

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The 3 Levels To A Warriors Mindset: Part 1

Today's health and wellness topic is one that follows the previous one based on environmental factors, but it is learning that you have 3 sections to your mind.

They are broken down into the following categories:

  1. Zan Shin - Remaining Spirit
  2. Mu Shin - Mind Without Mind
  3. Fu Do Shin - Immovable Mind

We will cover the first one today, and dive deeper into the states of mindfulness in the next few weeks.

Zan Shin is translated as ‘Remaining Spirit’ and refers to a vigilant, all-encompassing awareness. Zan shin is being fully present in the here and now. The mind is fully aware of its surroundings and in a state of ever-readiness – unattached, yet present to the task at hand. It is the one that we in modern society have the hardest time reconnecting with because of all the bombardment in the world.

From work, to school, to bills and other stressors we have become a world that is so connected that we are disconnected from ourselves. We have lost the ability to be...

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