Mindfulness is the experience of being here and now. There is only one present moment that can be experienced, as it is always now.
The state of mindfulness is an ever-changing permanent experience of the now. You can always return here and now.
Mindfulness is essential and necessary. Without it, our thinking works on auto-pilot and can cause problems on many different levels.
People are constantly dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. This habit of endless thinking creates unnecessary suffering and is the root cause of most of the problems.
Your mind is an instrument, a tool. It is there to be used for a specific task, and when the task is completed, you lay it down. As it is, I would say about 80 to 90 percent of most people’s thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful. Observe your mind and you will find this to be true. It causes a serious leakage of vital energy.
— Eckhart Tolle
The solution to the endless thinking is mindfulness - the idea of living in the present moment. It is the foundation of life because everything that is, is here and now.
Mindfulness is widely accepted and encouraged by philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual guides, but it is not yet present in our mainstream society.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
If you are new to all this, then try reading Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now - a clear and simple introduction to mindfulness.
Although originally articulated as a part of what we know in the West as Buddhism, there is nothing inherently religious about mindfulness, and it is often taught independent of religious or cultural connotation.
— Jon Kabat-Zinn
This is the symbol for mindfulness.
When you see this symbol, anywhere - in public, personal or virtual spaces, it will work as a reminder for you to become aware of this present moment.
Mindfulness symbol is open-source and is free to use. You can find more details about its use cases and download the high quality files at the bottom of this page.
Mindfulness symbol meaning
The symbol is for the experience of being here and now.
Firstly, the symbol is presented as a physical representation of the present moment.
Vertical forms represent time - past and future. Horizontal forms represent space - 360 degrees. And the one is always in the center - being here and now - perfect equanimity.
Secondly, you can see a symbol of a water drop. This is the most often used metaphor to represent the idea of mindfulness. But in this symbol, the water drop is presented in a mirrored way and symbolizes time - past and future - both are illusions, so stay centered in the present.
Empty your mind, be formless. shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.
– Bruce Lee
The intention of the mindfulness symbol is to communicate the message about mindfulness.
A lot of people use the symbol for a mindfulness tattoo. It works as a permanent reminder and helps to be in touch with the present moment.
For similar reasons, people are also creating mindfulness jewelry, medallions, using innovative techniques to engrave or 3D print the symbol.
People also use the symbol in books, educational materials, mindful art projects.
An often asked question is if the symbol can be used as a logo? Yes, similarly like Yin and Yang and other non-commercial symbols.
Download high-quality files of the symbol:
- Black and white: PNG | SVG | PDF
- Blue: PNG | SVG | PDF
Below are some examples of how people are using the mindfulness symbol.
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