Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. -Stephen R. Covey
Mindfulness incorporates all four human endowments identified by Stephen R. Covey. When I first stared meditating, I had many thoughts. “Am I doing this right? Has it really only been 5 minutes? What else do I need to do today?” These are all pretty normal. As anything else, you need to practice meditation to help eliminate distractions. By embracing different ways to cultivate mindfulness I am able to CHOOSE to let go of my thoughts and focus in the present moment during meditation.
In today’s growing society we are doing more than ever combined with an abundance of distractions that lead us to overthinking. Through mindfulness, I have been able to weed out distractions and concentrate on my purpose and being. Mindfulness is a lifestyle change that allows me to be open, honest, and compassionate with myself while taking responsibility for my actions and choices each day. Here are some of my reflections on how my mindfulness integrates with the four human endowments:
- SELF-AWARENESS: Mindfulness allows me to examine who I really am, how I respond internally and externally, and what truly makes me happy. I keep a meditation/observation journal to write in each day. This guides me into my true self.
- CONSCIENCE: Mindfulness has given me the wisdom to identify with my purpose. It gives me balance and harmony that aligns my actions and choices with my personal ethics and principles.
- INDEPENDENT WILL: Mindfulness has helped me to eliminate unnecessary distractions and to put my priorities first. I hold myself accountable for my choices and allow space before responding.
- CREATIVE IMAGINATION: Mindfulness has increased my focus and concentration by choosing to be in the present moment. I am innovative with ideas and envision possibilities and opportunities. Through hard work and dedication, I can make my goals a reality.
Mindfulness has lead me to the “human freedom” that Covey discusses. We can continue to learn and evolve as we look beyond the mirror. Aristotle, stated, “all human beings by nature reach out for understanding.” Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!