Following up on this, I think most people fill their minds with pre-programming so that they don't have to think.
However, there are multiple types of thought... the best kind doesn't happen with what we normally think of as the thinker, which is really just a little guy who sits at the top and summarizes what the rest of the mind is thinking.
Instinct, intuition and aesthetic thought are preferable to the little guy who has to put things into words (a narrow stream).
Thus the pattern should be:
(1) Nihilism: empty the mind, clear out the chattering voices and influences of others, remove social awareness.
(2) "Pay attention": a smart person's version of mindfulness.
As usual, the idiot horde has co-opted mindfulness from its original meaning -- more like "pay attention" and what the Christians call lowercase-g "grace" as in "a state of" -- to a moral meaning, which tends to refer to being always attentive to the neurosis of others.