As one of the foundations of meditation, mindfulness brings you into a focused mental state where the details of your moment and the activity of your mind can be observed without drawing conclusions.
In meditation, you are able to release attachment and cleanse your mind into a higher level of performance.
In cognitive theory, this process of conscious release can also be referred to as detached mindfulness. Detached mindfulness is intended to isolate your mind from unnecessary memtal processing and thoughts that tend to restrict the quality of your moment.
Being able to detach means letting go of preconceived ideas to create space for possibility and free flow of thought. This intervention is intended to postpone the processing of complex thinking to create more room for a sober and focused mind.
How Detached Mindfulness Works
Imagine a stressful scenario. Provided it isn’t bad enough to hurt you, allowing the situation to naturally play itself out would be a much more productive response than it would be to focus your energy towards it or to add a certain meaning or outcome.
When something does not require your action in order to improve the situation, mindful observation can often be the most productive way to deal with it. Consider it a separate object that isn’t personally related to you. The circumstance will start to lose traction. Before you know it, you have released yourself from a stressful situation and are able to move freely in any direction you please.
With practice, you will develop the capacity to maintain a steady mind through some of your more difficult moments, and you will be better equipped to appreciate your happier ones.
How to Practice Detached Mindfulness in Your Everyday Life
You don’t need to wait until a bothering thought invades your mind to deploy this technique. Practicing mindfulness whenever possible will prepare you for the battle of daily life and provide you with the mental resources to move with flexibility and grace. Your daily life will not only improve, but your energy and focus will sky rocket.
- Become well acquainted with uncertainty
When we encounter turbulant times, the mind is easily drawn into frenzy and thrown off balance. This is because we are often constrained by preconceived ideas of how things are supposed to be, and conditioning of the past. If you are scared to enter unknown territory, sudden change can be scary, especially if you lack the mental resources to maintain your senses.
By exposing yourself to challenge and adversity, and by familiarizing yourself with the feeling of uncertainty, you are strengthening your mind and developing the ability to detach from the inevitable chaos of life. You are able to move with flow and adaptibility.
- Focus on small tasks
It is never easy to concentrate on one thing if you have many thoughts fighting for your attention, especially when you are haunted by upcoming deadlines. Taking a few minutes to practice detached mindfulness before moving on to your next task is one way to distinguish what is important and what is not.
It allows you to focus on the one task that requires immediate attention. When you are more focused on the moment, you are in better shape to perform and boost your productivity without wasting unnecessary energy.
- Open monitoring meditation
In open monitoring meditation, you are open to anything that may enter your awareness at any given time throughout your meditation session, or even throughout the moment to moment aspect of your daily life. Open monitoring means that you are aware of thoughts and feelings without the need to establish an attachment.
The key aspect is to be aware of everything that is present in the moment. This process does not have to be restricted to silent meditation. Since you focus on various things, you can meditate as you go about your normal activities.
- Focus on the reality of your current situation and avoid speculation.
- Avoid multi-tasking whenever possible — especially if you have more than one important task to accomplish.
- Stay away from unnecessary arguments.
- Consider any undesirable circumstance as temporary.
- Be relentless with the energy of your mind and the focus of your attention. Never let your mind wander to far away from the moment.
Benefits of Practicing Detached Mindfulness
1. Improve your overall state of mind Practicing mindfulness allows you to assume much more control over your lifestyle and where you are spending your energy.
By bringing more attention to the moment to moment aspect of your existence, you are less distracted by illusions of danger and feelings of judgment that would have otherwise occupied your mind. When the mind is fluid, you can adapt to any situation and control your actions according to your best intentions.
2. Vital for healthy living When your focus is removed from the repetitive activity of your mind, there is a response of relaxation that is triggered in the brain. The mind is brought into a more balanced frequency, and the energy of your thoughts seem to lose momentum until mental clarity is accomplished.
3. Reduce stress and improve mental stamina For many years psychotherapists have used detached mindfulness meditation to treat patients suffering from destructive thinking and repetitive behavior. Studies have proven that mindfulness can help deal with addictions such as eating disorders, alcoholism and substance abuse. It can also help you deal with stress and anything that threatens to decrease your energy and mental performance.
4. Help you understand yourself much better You can’t know your true self unless you experience a challenge that tests your limits. By practicing detachement, you’ll be able to introduce specific scenarios beyond your imagination and learn how to deal with them. You will gain the confidence of new experience, helping you analyze your strengths and identify your weaknesses.
5. Makes achieving your goals easier If there is something you want to accomplish, you will always encounter various obstacles that will leave you discouraged and feeling tempted to stop pushing forward. The best way to deal with these barriers is to picture them as temporary objects of the imagination, because they are. Maintaining your presence of mind will allow you to move quickly past obstacles without wasting any time feeling victimized or overwhelmed.
Detached mindfulness means separating your mind from unnecessary thought. It enables you to create more room to experience the excitement of your vitality and allows you to concentrate on matters that are more important for your daily performance, the quality of your relationships, and your self-reliance as a human being.
In this episode of the MBV Podcast, we discuss how mindfulness can be incorporated into everyday life as an amazing way to strengthen your meditation practice:
Suggested Resources to Help You Practice Meditation:
- Deep Meditation Techniques
- The Ancient Discipline of Shaolin Meditation
- How to Meditate on Something Positive