Mindfulnes and Mindlessness

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First off I think we should take a look at the definition of BOTH mindfulness and mindlessness, so we know exactly what is expected from a “mindful” and/or a “mindless” person’s behavior.
REFERENCE: http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/mindfulness * Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. * In contrast, Mindlessness is a state of mind characterized by an over reliance on categories and distinctions drawn in the past and in which the individual is context-dependent and, as such, is oblivious to novel (or simply alternative) aspects of the situation.

* Briefly, with whom did you have the conversation and where?
My conversation was with my eldest son Justin. Our conversation started off outside my house sitting by the fire and then carried over to the car as I was taking him home. * How easy did you find it to be mindful? Why?
It was very easy to be mindful, because this is my Son and my kids are my world, even though they’re both in their 30’s. Both of my sons are recovering addicts and I take extra measures to be sure we’re not interrupted while having serious conversations such as this one. * What did you notice during the moments when you were able to be mindful? How were you feeling?
I noticed that as long as I was being mindful, he was too. I was feeling a bit anxious and hopeful that our conversation would be of some help to him. He’s been through so much and has done so well staying away from the drugs but has now turned to alcohol to calm his nerves. He does have some serious issues he’s facing from a crime he committed nearly 4 years ago. Like so many other addicts, Justin chose to…...

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