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. It can be creatively interpreted and used in different ways and different media.
What is Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the experience of being here and now. This experience empowers, opens the doors to better health and quality of life, and as Sam Harris puts it: Mindfulness is a firmware upgrade for your mind.
Mindfulness is essential and necessary because, without it, uncontrolled thinking goes rampant and causes 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 read 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
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
Mindfulness symbol use
Mindfulness symbol can be used freely. It cannot be protected as a commercial trademark. It is open-source and
belongs to everyone.
The intention of the mindfulness symbol is to communicate the message about mindfulness.
You can use the symbol as a personal reminder about the everlasting present moment.
A lot of people use the symbol for mindfulness tattoo. It works as a permanent reminder and helps to be in touch with this fundamental nature of life.
For similar reasons, people are also creating jewelry with the mindfulness symbol, mindfulness medallions, using innovative techniques to engrave or 3D print the symbol.
You can also use the symbol to spread the message about mindfulness by creating its new interpretations, using the symbol in mindfulness art projects or in educational materials.
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Below are some examples of how people are using the mindfulness symbol.
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