Mindfulness and mindlessness Mindfulness is a familiar term, at least for those who have some exposure to Buddhism. They know that Mindfulness is to stay alert. I want to use the term Mindlessness as also a technical term. But I don’t think anybody has used it in the way I am using it now. Mindfulness means staying in the mind. Mindlessness is still being in the mind but not with alertness. Mindlessness, in other words, in my use of the term, is just maintaining non-alert ordinary daily awareness. You are not alert. But you are in the waking state. But not very alert. Alert enough only to do daily chores, demands of logic and so forth. But not super alert. that’s why I want to call it mindlessness because you are not alert to the core. Now, when you are mindless, in the sense that I use the word, several things can go wrong. We call the Buddha “the awakened one.” Why? Because he’s mindful. When you are mindful, you are awakened to a different reality.There, you are not subjected to misery. You are less prone to doing things wrong. Your intelligence, your higher intelligence, particularly, is completely intact. You are truly awakened. This is a very desirable condition. Mindlessness, which is daily awareness, doesn’t give you this edge. I’m going to teach you a simple technique to stay in the mindful condition. There is a Nadi or thin channel within the spinal column called Sushumna. It is in the subtle body. Just imagine a channel it starts at the bottom of the spine and goes into the brain and out of the brain into the space. And put your attention there all the time within this channel that’s starts at the bottom of the spine. And follow it through, going up, going up, into the brain, out of the brain into the sky.When you put your attention on the Sushumna, your mind or your daily awareness goes inside the Sushumna and gets dissolved. This is how you can remain mindful. I have talked about it at some length. You may want to check that. .