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Carrying Meditation Throughout The Day

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In Buddhist teachings, there is a critically important concept called Mindfulness. Put simply, it means that we carry a meditative state of awareness throughout our day, not simply when we are sitting (or walking) in meditation.

Thus, the whole of our day and consequently our lives becomes a meditative act. It is not simply to be confined to a holy room and then we can go back to “normality” once we are done with it, rather like holiness for the Christian is not supposed to just be engaged in on Sunday morning during the Church service!

The whole point of Enlightenment is that it is about Awakening – from the deep slumber that we know as everyday consciousness. That is why the Buddha referred to himself as Tathagata, i.e. “he who is awake”.

Consequently, as we learn to pay attention in the moment to each and every act of ours, no matter how small or insignificant, we too slowly but surely train ourselves in the process of Awakening, simply by actually being awake in the moment. This is what Mindfulness enables us to do.

It is a small everyday miracle and one that is easy to practice, but also all to easy to forget to do in the midst of the bustle of our lives and the competing web of mental entanglements that compete for out attention. However, the benefits of giving ourselves to this practice are deep and truly go beyond the power of words to express. Mindfulness lies at the very heart of spirituality because it enables us to really LIVE in the moment, the be fully present right HERE, and to awaken to what IS.

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for explaining the word Mindfulness,

    I have read about this word before,

    If I understand it well, Mindfulness enables you to be in the Moment? a state that you are in the Now?

    I thought that the problem with being able to BE in the Now is that your mind can have an inclination to have ‘Mindchatter’ that keeps you in the past or in the future instead of in the Now. The mind actually seems to be an obstacle for being able to be in the Now.

    Funny that it is named Mind-fulness when
    if you want to get into the Now, my aim seems to be
    to empty the mind.

    All the Best,
    To your Happy Inspiration,
    HP

  2. What can I add that will get anyone beyond mind structuring for that is our seeming curse and obstacle in getting there. But then, our insistence on MS is exactly what is is required so that we may awaken our consciousness. How else can we awaken our consciousness if it is not through the experiences of life’s problems through a consciousness half asleep’ It is the curriculum that must be approved for every stage of awakening consciousness.You will opt for a grandiose mind structure or scheme to meet your problem and it it may serve you well for a given time and that is MS. Or else, you may choose to witness yourself in the middle of the turmoil and determine very fortunately the origin of this and perhaps a host of future problems. So the degree of awakening goes up for every source of turmoil uncovered. Future degree are achieved through a constant awareness of the ever present now moment and the source of my reactions to it.

    Ask yourself, who is this fellow bent on emptying his mind? He sounds like he knows what he is talking about. Why the hell doesn’t he do something to get me going? If you insist, you will be able to unmask the impostor.

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