The Discipline of Mindfulness

Reference: Mindfulness Approach

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is attentiveness. Mindfulness brings clarity to what one perceives. The basic approach is:

Observe things as they are, with full awareness of one’s assumptions.

When you look at the profile of a stranger you see only one ear, but you assume another ear because “all man have two ears.” The chances are slim but this stranger may have only one ear. Most people make such assumptions automatically, but some are aware.

Those who are aware of their assumptions are mindful.

When there are doubts and perplexities, one should look at them closely with mindfulness. In other words, one should consider them non-judgmentally without assuming anything. All ideas, beliefs, assumptions, viewpoints, and feelings related to observed anomaly, are subject to critical examination.

No past ideas and learning in the area of doubt and perplexity are sacrosanct (meaning so “sacred” that you cannot question them).

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The 3 Factors of Mindfulness

The Discipline of Mindfulness warns you against digging into the mind. It lets the mind unwind and settle down naturally.

Creativity grows out of the natural activity of the mind as it perceives situations objectively.

The following factors are fundamental to the discipline of mindfulness.

1.    ATTENTION

Let attention be totally free. Fully discern where the attention goes naturally. This forms the ground of mindfulness.

2.    FREE ASSOCIATION

Let all associations occur freely in the mind. Fully discern the associations without influencing them.

3.    UNIVERSALITY

Let the viewpoint expand freely without fixation. Fully discern all observations in the universal context.

Once the discipline of mindfulness is established discernment occurs in leaps and bounds.

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The Law of Non-Interference

Under this discipline one does not interfere with the activity of the mind through mechanisms of avoidance, resistance, suppression or denial.

The Law of Non-interference lets the mind unwind.

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The 12 Aspects of Mindfulness

The discipline of mindfulness is manifested in the following ways..

  1. Observe without getting influenced by expectations and desires.

  2. Observe things as they are, without assuming anything.

  3. If something is missing do not imagine something else in its place.

  4. If something does not make sense then do not explain it away.

  5. Use physical senses as well as the mental sense to observe.

  6. Let the mind un-stack itself.

  7. Experience fully what is there.

  8. Do not suppress anything from yourself.

  9. Associate data freely.

  10. Do not get hung up on name and form.

  11. Contemplate thoughtfully.

  12. Let it all be effortless.

Mindfulness is fundamental to all scientific observations, meditation, prayers, and all forms of spiritual practice.

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Comments

  • kimkaydavis  On June 26, 2017 at 2:32 AM

    This made me recall an assignment in psychology class in the 90s. The purpose was to observe without bias. Everyone’s paper was different as we chose our own locations for the assignment. I remember that it being easy for me as long as I didn’t think “why?”, just to observe and not question or conclude. You ARE the observer. I feel the need to practice mindfulness more often as it has become habit for me to read into things, almost as a game I play with myself to see if I am correct. This “game” I believe has created some biases and prejudgements.

  • vinaire  On June 26, 2017 at 4:49 AM

    This discipline helps you unwind your mind and make life simple, calm, serene and happy.

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