Mindfulness

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Mindfulness

Postby GarcherLancelot » Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:02 pm

Are we supposed to be mindful all the time?Doesn't that make us not planning anything at all?Mindful means "flow" or does it mean be aware of everything?When doing things like listening to music for example I rather let my fantasy run wild instead being "aware" of everyhting around us.'''
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Re: Mindfulness

Postby Karma Dondrup Tashi » Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:17 pm

GarcherLancelot wrote:Are we supposed to be mindful all the time?


No. Concentration just creates tension.

Return attention to what's already there and rest.

You won't lose the beauty of "going with the flow". It'll become better.
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Re: Mindfulness

Postby GarcherLancelot » Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:23 pm

Karma Dondrup Tashi wrote:
GarcherLancelot wrote:Are we supposed to be mindful all the time?


No. Concentration just creates tension.

Return attention to what's already there and rest.

You won't lose the beauty of "going with the flow". It'll become better.



hmm,I donno but I need to pay attention or my mind starts flying here and there. ..
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Re: Mindfulness

Postby Seishin » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:05 pm

It's about having your mind on what your are doing while you are doing it. So while you're driving, your mind is on driving. If you need to plan for dinner, plan for dinner, but try not to let your thoughts wonder needlessly. The best place to start is on your breath whilst meditating. This is how I understand it :smile:

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Re: Mindfulness

Postby oushi » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:23 pm

Let your mind wonder and never come back.
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Re: Mindfulness

Postby viniketa » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:25 pm

oushi wrote:Let your mind wonder and never come back.


Which is probably even better advice than letting your mind wander... ;)

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Re: Mindfulness

Postby GarcherLancelot » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:26 pm

Seishin wrote:It's about having your mind on what your are doing while you are doing it. So while you're driving, your mind is on driving. If you need to plan for dinner, plan for dinner, but try not to let your thoughts wonder needlessly. The best place to start is on your breath whilst meditating. This is how I understand it :smile:

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I got my driving license but haven't really practise my driving skills yet,so is it even possible to drive wthout putting your mind or driving,that sounds a bit scary to me haha. ..And how are we suppose to benefit from "living in the moment"?. ..(IMO "living in the present" is not equivalent to "living in the moment" ,the former phrase seems a bit yolo-ish(现在) ,mindfulness as far as I understand is 当下. ..)'''
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Re: Mindfulness

Postby Seishin » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:44 pm

Many accidents are caused by people not being mindful of driving. It happens more times than you might think. Living in the moment is the same idea. You mind is here now, not somewhere else.

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Re: Mindfulness

Postby oushi » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:46 pm

viniketa wrote:
oushi wrote:Let your mind wonder and never come back.


Which is probably even better advice than letting your mind wander... ;)

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No difference :tongue:
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Re: Mindfulness

Postby viniketa » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:00 pm

oushi wrote:
viniketa wrote:
oushi wrote:Let your mind wonder and never come back.


Which is probably even better advice than letting your mind wander... ;)

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No difference :tongue:


In result, no, there really isn't! :twothumbsup:

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Re: Mindfulness

Postby deepbluehum » Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:33 am

GarcherLancelot wrote:Are we supposed to be mindful all the time?Doesn't that make us not planning anything at all?Mindful means "flow" or does it mean be aware of everything?When doing things like listening to music for example I rather let my fantasy run wild instead being "aware" of everyhting around us.'''


Depends on the practice tradition you belong to. Usually in Vajrayana you try to be mindful of what you experienced at the dissolving of the completion stage or what was experienced by following the pointing out instructions.
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Re: Mindfulness

Postby lobster » Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:59 am

GarcherLancelot wrote:Are we supposed to be mindful all the time?


You are lucky you have a mind.
My mind was mined and blew up. :oops:

Now you have a mind. What do you plan to do with it? :popcorn:
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Re: Mindfulness

Postby muni » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:47 am

oushi wrote:Let your mind wonder and never come back.


Wonderful :smile:

When boundaries of personality, identity of actor isn't..........mind fullness in openess.
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Re: Mindfulness

Postby muni » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:06 am

This teaching said:


My ego wants to be mindful. Since ego wants enlightenment, awakened nature.


Without ego awakened nature is.


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Re: Mindfulness

Postby Rakshasa » Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:16 am

"Mindfulness" in Buddhism is generally a reference to "Four Stations of Mindfulness" (both in Theravada and Mahayana). It means you should practice to be mindful of Body, Mind, Feelings and Dharmas all time. Our minds are extremely programmable, so if you practice (put effort, use concentration) to be "mindful" for quite some time, then you will automatically get accustomed to be more mindful in everyday life effortlessly.

In our normal everyday life, we get drawn to random everyday thoughts and get carried away by them and this is our mundane/natural state because we have been doing this since a very long time. But if we try to be mindful, our normal state of mind would shift to the state of being mindful all the time.

I am not sure, though, that if you are mindful all the time does it also include "grasping" at dharmas all the time? Or in other words, is it sufficient if you do not grasp at Dharmas and therefore naturally come to a mindful state?

In my experience, animals show a very great deal of mindfulness. Observe cats, leopards, Tigers etc, and they never can be caught off guard!
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Re: Mindfulness

Postby GarcherLancelot » Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:53 pm

Rakshasa wrote:
In my experience, animals show a very great deal of mindfulness. Observe cats, leopards, Tigers etc, and they never can be caught off guard!

Hmmm,interesting,perhaps this is one of the methods they get better rebirths after thier deaths?. ..
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Re: Mindfulness

Postby muni » Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:39 pm

Rakshasa wrote:"Mindfulness" in Buddhism is generally a reference to "Four Stations of Mindfulness" (both in Theravada and Mahayana). It means you should practice to be mindful of Body, Mind, Feelings and Dharmas all time. Our minds are extremely programmable, so if you practice (put effort, use concentration) to be "mindful" for quite some time, then you will automatically get accustomed to be more mindful in everyday life effortlessly.

In our normal everyday life, we get drawn to random everyday thoughts and get carried away by them and this is our mundane/natural state because we have been doing this since a very long time. But if we try to be mindful, our normal state of mind would shift to the state of being mindful all the time.

I am not sure, though, that if you are mindful all the time does it also include "grasping" at dharmas all the time? Or in other words, is it sufficient if you do not grasp at Dharmas and therefore naturally come to a mindful state?

In my experience, animals show a very great deal of mindfulness. Observe cats, leopards, Tigers etc, and they never can be caught off guard!


No grasping to mental constructs, people can get fear by thinking their practice will starve itself to death. But resting in simplicity, free of taking things as real, well :smile:

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Re: Mindfulness

Postby monktastic » Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:14 am

GarcherLancelot wrote:hmm,I donno but I need to pay attention or my mind starts flying here and there. ..


After some practice, you may find this is no longer the case. Even with no concentration per se, one's mind can be in the flow of the moment.
This undistracted state of ordinary mind
Is the meditation.
One will understand it in due course.

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Re: Mindfulness

Postby catmoon » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:07 am

GarcherLancelot wrote:
Rakshasa wrote:
In my experience, animals show a very great deal of mindfulness. Observe cats, leopards, Tigers etc, and they never can be caught off guard!

Hmmm,interesting,perhaps this is one of the methods they get better rebirths after thier deaths?. ..


I doubt it. There is such a thing as the mindfulness of the sniper, and I'm pretty sure that one leads downwards.
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Re: Mindfulness

Postby GarcherLancelot » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:08 am

monktastic wrote:
GarcherLancelot wrote:hmm,I donno but I need to pay attention or my mind starts flying here and there. ..


After some practice, you may find this is no longer the case. Even with no concentration per se, one's mind can be in the flow of the moment.



Right now doing it seems like a tiring chore ,letting my mind fly is easier....currently that is. ..
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