I feel a bit confused about this subject. It is useful to be able to concentrate completely on something from time to time, but people advocating for mindfulness don’t stop at this.
I often hear that you have to learn to be here and now all the time, do not let you mind wonder, which seems to be quite a sensory thing to do – to me (I’m an INFP). Ellen Langer (during “On being” podcast http://www.onbeing.org/program/ellen-langer-science-of-mindlessness-and-mindfulness/6332 ) was saying that most people waste their life, not being present and walking around bumping onto things, and that we can’t be happy living this way. But what if you are deep in happy dreams bumping into things, how that is a waste?
Also are you mindful when you half in the real world, half in a dream, say, listening to the birds, looking around but also feeling yourself to be a character from a story about another universe? Happy.
Another advice which often goes with mindfulness is to get rid of the feeling of self. This doesn’t make sense on several levels. First, honesty: we all know that whatever we make ourselves to think, we still will be looking though our own eyes and only knowing our own thoughts. Second, empathy: to be in somebody else’s shoes there should be somebody in your shoes too. Third, flow state. Joseph Goldstein says ( http://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/questions-along-the-way-further-reflections-on-the-practice-of-meditation-w ) that there is no self in the flow state.Here we presume that for INFPs their flow state is about introverted feelings – Fi ego trip (?) I find that Sam Harris himself, despite saying about abolishing the Self and dangers of trusting our own feelings as opposed to logic, many times, in my opinion, still goes to a Fi trip like that (e.g. http://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/the-moral-gaze). I see a bit of controversy here.
Hope this makes sense.