27 November 2014

Beyond Mindfulness to the Heart of The Path

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Now it is great to see an initiative to teach mindfulness in schools and workplaces. But in extracting it in isolation from the context in which it was originally taught, we may well have missed the wood for the trees.

A lot of research has been done into how mindfulness is helpful in bringing our minds back into an organised and coherent state from one of stress, dysfunction, and disorder. And indeed Mindfulness has been at he heart of meditation and spiritual practice since the Buddha brought it so dramatically to the forefront in this famous discourse on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is basically “Awareness”, it is the present awareness of what is going on within us and around us at a level of feeling and sensory perception. It is to pay attention to the experience we are actually having instead of getting lost in the abstract inner world of dialogue, thinking, imagination and fantasy that many of us spend much of our time lost in. In short Mindfulness is to remain present in the moment and it opposes what we might call ignorance, or simply “not paying enough attention”

Is it the way out of suffering?


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