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”

Awareness of mental objectification

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”

Teaching mindfulness.

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.”

Mindfulness ‘of the mind’?

When light, sound, food, touch etc contacts the body, the corresponding (eye, ear, tongue, etc..) sense organs pick up these stimuli, and the electrical stimulus is sent via a nerve to the brain. The brain then unpacks that electrical signal, much like a TV unlocks the electrical signal of cables, and converts it into anContinue reading “Mindfulness ‘of the mind’?”

Mindful meditation

With mindfulness becoming very popular in the last couple of decades, it has become divorced from its’ beginnings. In its journey to the West it had to shed some baggage as well as some babies in the bathwater, which has left it ‘refreshing’ and rather ‘lite’, simultaneously. While popularity, and its marketing appeal will setContinue reading “Mindful meditation”

Mindfulness and remembering everything

Mindfulness is supposed to be focused on the Four foundations of mindfulness, for purposes of traditional mindfulness practice. Mindfulness limits our awareness to a narrower set of objects of awareness. So the idea that a person being mindful must recall everything said and done perfectly and cannot forget anything, is a myth. We can forgetContinue reading “Mindfulness and remembering everything”