Like light falling onto nothingness mindfulness finds nibbana a nothingness. It is an emptiness with streams of light trying to light it up, like the image above.
Mindfulness has often been classified according to the object of its awareness eg: mindfulness of breathing, mindful walking, mindful eating, and so on. Often there’s little mentioned about different ways in which mindfulness can be utilized eg: mindfulness of specific objects, mindfulness of behaviours, mindfulness of biofeedback (‘body hacking’) and mindfulness of behavioral patterns overContinue reading “Different forms of mindfulness”
The term mindfulness predated the introduction of Buddhism to the West. It was first recorded as myndfulness in 1530 (John Palsgrave translates French pensée), as mindfulnesse in 1561, and mindfulness in 1817.
Lost to the present moment, Lost in thoughts Lost in emotive issues Lost in concept vs reality.
In some far eastern traditions mindfulness of the mindfulness, or awareness of awareness itself, is deemed a deep significance. Its supposed to signify a deep level of insight, akin to enlightenment itself. It may have connections to a thoughtless or ‘no-mind’ scenario. Koans are said to lead to such a state of awareness. ‘What isContinue reading “Mindfulness of mindfulness”
Jon Kabat-Zinn, the father of secular mindfulness has defined mindfulness meditation as “the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally”. This is correct, of course in the context of therapeutic secular mindfulness practices. In contrast the Buddha defined mindfulness by the objects one is mindful of, ie in the context ofContinue reading “Mindfulness”
As the mind tries to make sense the raw data provided it creates things and scenery when all the was presented was blurred washed out imagery. in the picture above we see how only white lines exist, but the mind creates a geographical 3D object.
2600 years ago, in the Honeyball Sutra, the Buddha talks about how the mind creates reality. It talks of how the mind perceives raw phenomena and how it objectifies them. For example vague and fuzzy images of a flower can be reified into a solid flower, by the processing power of the mind. The mindContinue reading “Awareness of mental objectification”
Mindfulness began in the 80’s as a new wave, but perhaps it was imported in the ’70’s. It has now become a emergent phenomenon in the West. Its’ popularity and demand outstripping the evidence and the supply, it would seem. It’s no wonder in this connected world with IT communication at its’ peak, that thisContinue reading “Teaching mindfulness.”
This morning, walking, I saw a new door. I’ve walked that stretch a million times, or more, and that door has never been there before. You probably think they just cut the ivy, or that my imagination ‘s lively. But, this evening, that door was no more. POEM: The Door of Nevermore — the !n(tro)verted yogiContinue reading “POEM: The Door of Nevermore — the !n(tro)verted yogi”