3 Things That Make Mindfulness Difficult

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This article by Ira Israel goes some way to explain why mindfulness is so difficult for most people. We have inbuilt blocks that we have to get over before we can start to experience mindfulness:

  • We cannot tell the mind what not to think – you can not not-visualise Mickey Mouse having sex with Minnie Mouse!
  • We get our sense of personal identity through our thoughts and most of us are rather attached if not addicted to our senses of individual self – Descartes’ famous Cogito Ergo Sum: I think, therefore I am.
  • As defence mechanisms, our minds have been trained to be biased toward negative thoughts and language in order to try to stave off possible future harm – as kids we were always told what not to do.

If you don’t have the tools to help bypass these, no amount of wishful thinking is going to get around the problem.

Why Is Mindfulness So Difficult?

Mindfulness entails trying to get the mind to look at the mind, trying to observe how our operating systems are running. Using the analogy of software, you will quickly realize how difficult it is to get your Windows 8 or Mac OS X operating system to debug itself.

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