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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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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Let your mind wonder and never come back.
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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 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.


:anjali:

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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 monktastic » Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:14 am

This undistracted state of ordinary mind
Is the meditation.
One will understand it in due course.

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