Doing versus being

Mindfulness may initially seem difficult to fully grasp since it has to be experienced to be understood. Mark Williams and Danny Penman lists seven characteristics of the doing and being modes of mind in Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world (pp. 36—44). These characteristics might help us understand the differences between doing versus being.

Doing Being
Automatic pilot Conscious choice
Analysing Sensing
Striving Accepting
Seeing thoughts as solid Treating thoughts as mental events
Avoidance Approaching
Mental time travel Remaining in the present moment
Depleting activities Nourishing activities



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