For some time now I have been using a teaching tool that I call BIFI. I designed it to help my students measure their progress.
BIFI stands for boredom, impatience, frustration and irritation.
“So how does that measure mindfulness?” you might say…
The reality is that mindfulness isn’t a thing. It is the absence of a thing. The thing that mindfulness is the absence of, is those heavily conditioned responses that cloud our experience. Endless judgment, self-judgment, criticism and comparison robs us of the joy of life and connection to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness is a lifetime task of building an awareness of this jumble of unhelpful responses and responding to it by returning to the experience of the present moment.
BIFI is evidence that we are not mindfully aware. The more BIFI, the less mindfulness.
By noticing, noting, or even measuring BIFI by writing a BIFI journal, we can observe our negative responses diminishing and our mindfulness growing over time.
If you adopt BIFI as a measure, do drop us a line to tell us which direction your BIFI index is moving in and how fast.
Best of luck with your mindfulness journeys