Yet another reason that stresses the importance of mindfulness and the real benefit of having a consistent practice. Are you creating this moment by moment experience, this presence where you currently are, or are you living in an echo chamber?
By echo chamber I mean the times when you have a reoccurring thought, one which keeps happening over and over to the point where it begins to influence the actions and behaviors that you take, even though you believe your are present in the moment. In these times you are future-oriented and trying to solve a problem. Your mind is doing its number one job. You’re not living in the present. You’re not here right now. Mindfulness allows you to unlock this echo chamber and find your way out.
A mindfulness practice allows you to notice when you have shifted in your thoughts and in your conversation with someone allowing you the ability to bring your attention back and to stay present right here, right now. Otherwise it’s just a thought bouncing out and coming back and going out and coming back. Its a preconceived notion or belief that you have about the world and it blocks you from being able to see other options and to truly listen and be present.
Mindfulness also allows you to detect echos from the past. Again, you believe you are living in the present moment, right here, right now, but what your really dealing with is a thought which is bouncing back. You are again, playing with a echo belief, something from the past that your imposing on the current situation when in fact, it often doesn’t match. Yet you can’t see the difference.
I illustrate this bias, seeing what we want to see, in another exercise called “Seeing White” where you can test this out for yourself right now and experience how this bias constructs your echo chamber reinforced by this cognitive bias.
The challenge then for the day is to see if it’s possible to notice if and when you creating an echo chamber or whether you are present right here right now and if you’re not, time to strengthen your mindfulness muscle. In doing so, you then have the ability to choose whether the information is useful and whether it contributes to a meaningful life.