— ” @curtdoolittle Curt, how would you define mindfulness? ” — @guillem123123
Mindfulness consists in the opposite of neuroticism. Where neuroticism means worried, impulsive or intrusive thoughts competing for your attention – sometimes so much that you are all but disabled from organized action and behavior.
So Mindfulness, means calm, unworried, focused on what is actionable. The discipline (training, skill) of control of your auto-association, attention, and reaction to stimuli such that you are least if not fully in self-control of your reaction to the environment.
Mindfunless is Largely achieved through practice at repetition of breathing, thought, speech (prayer), or ritual actions (tea service), such that such state eventually can be produced at will. (Controlling the automaton that is the neural market for attention.)
The brain consists of an economy of neurons fighting for attention so that they get ‘fed’. Unfed neurons decline in connectivity. Fed increase in connectivity and influence. So we (attention) can be the victim of that conflict, or we can gain control of that conflict.
Historically we lived in bands or tribes with continuous saturation of information by tribe members, in display word and deed. So we functioned as a group, and our brains(neural economies) evolved to perceive and use that competitive tribal info. Without it:Negative consequences.
This is why I say humans evolved to a cognitive load, and a cognitive load of saturation in a family, band, tribal flow of information. So neurologically, idle hands make ill will. Or, more accurately: idle neurons fight for food and attention like bored children.
Mindfulness is more important for women because they evolved to be more attuned to empathy (specific cases of stress) where men evolved to be more attuned to systems (accumulated stresses in the group). Female in