I have seen many times, people use this word freely… Often, under-valuing the spiritual sense of this word in the effort to look spiritually rich.
Take for example, if someone accidently poured water on the table… That is not lack of mindfulness! That’s just plain carelessness! Or perhaps just a momentary muscle spasm!
And this is how we downgrade something as important as this… To merely refering things that are going on in the outside or our surroundings.
But then, what really is mindfulness? The shortest way to explain it is our ability to look within and observe the unconscious experience we produce under varied circumstances. How we perceive things directly affects our actions and emotions, so being mindful is not only about serving a cup of tea without dripping tea everywhere… Its about how aware you are about the roots of your reactions.
So, the next time someone tells u that u lack mindfulness for spilling some tea… Rejoice that ure mindful enough to not give him/her a nice slap across the face, because u have identified ur ego and decided to perceive it differently. Hahaha