A friend of mine told me such a beautiful vort (thought) that I had to share it with you. It happened when she stopped herself from turning off the light on Shabbos, reminding herself what day it was. She suddenly had an epiphany: Shabbos is the ultimate in Mindfulness.
For those of you who are not familiar with Mindfulness, it is the latest in psychological practice. The idea is that you are living in the moment, aware of THIS moment, that it is really the only moment that exists. The past is done; the future has not yet occurred. So why worry ourselves about either of them? All we really have is the NOW. By concentrating on that, we can make the present moment the best possible, thus shaping our future, G-dwilling, in a positive way.
Back to Shabbos…. On Shabbos we are aware of the day in terms of our mundane activities. Remembering to not turn on and off lights. Putting food on the blech (or in our case, on top of the crock pot) to heat up. Walking to shule instead of driving. And on and on. But what are we doing really? By refraining from or engaging in specific actions, we are constantly reminded of the sanctity of Shabbos. Even more so, we are focused on Hashem. We are purposefully dedicating THIS moment and EVERY moment on Shabbos to deepening our relationship with the One who created us and loves us the most. We are making the gift of Shabbos our constant present reality. By doing so, we are making Hashem our reality. That, I believe, is the ULTIMATE in mindfulness.