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.

 

The 3 Factors of Mindfulness

The Discipline of Mindfulness allows the mind to settle down and function naturally.

Under this discipline one does not avoid, resist, suppress, deny or interfere with the activity of the mind.

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

The following factors are fundamental to the discipline of mindfulness.

1.    ATTENTION

Be grounded in the discernment of where attention goes.

2.    FREE ASSOCIATION

Let discernment occur without interference.

3.    UNIVERSALITY

Let the assimilation of discernment be universal.

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

 

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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