Sometimes I laugh at how the word “mindful” actually sounds like your mind is full. Well it is. Just not in the way I’ve been used to.
A full mind to me is when thoughts are darting back and forth in my mind. Many thoughts, moving very, very fast. I can’t even identify all of them.
And then when I practice mindfulness, they slow down. And there is a space—a pause—and for a moment, hardly any thoughts at all.
So being mindful is anything but mind full!
On the other hand, the word “mindful” denotes that our mind is full of the task at hand. DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) uses the phrase “one-mindful” when we focus on one thing at a time.