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what is mindfulness?

weaving a freshly and consciously created strand in the underlying universal tapestry of life in each moment, one breath at a time...

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Living a mindful life is

not about WHAT I do 

but HOW I choose to do it

 

with

awareness,

compasssion, 

surrender,

joy, awe

and delight in

  

what IS

  

... HERE ... NOW ...

 

 Véronique Ryan

 

 

"Mindfulness is the quality and power of mind that is aware of what's happening

— without judgment and without interference.

 

It is like a mirror that simply reflects whatever comes before it. It serves us in the humblest ways, keeping us connected to brushing our teeth or having a cup of tea.

 

It keeps us connected

 

to the people around us, so that we're not simply rushing by them in the busyness of our lives. 



 

We can start the practice of mindfulness meditation with

the simple observation and feeling of each breath.

 

Breathing in, we know we're breathing in; breathing out, we know we're breathing out. It's very simple, although not easy.

 

After just a few breaths, we hop on trains of association, getting lost in plans, memories, judgments and fantasies. 

This habit of wandering mind is very strong, even though our reveries are often not pleasant and sometimes not even true. As Mark Twain so aptly put it, "Some of the worst things in my life never happened." So we need to train our minds, coming back again and again to the breath, simply beginning again.

Slowly, though, our minds steady and we begin to experience some space of inner calm and peace. This environment of inner stillness makes possible a deeper investigation of our thoughts and emotions. What is a thought— that strange, ephemeral phenomenon that can so dominate our lives? When we look directly at a thought, we see that it is little more than nothing. Yet when it is unnoticed, it wields tremendous power. 



 

Notice the difference between being lost in a thought

and being mindful that we're thinking.

 

Becoming aware of the thought is like waking up from a dream or coming out of a movie theater after being absorbed in the story. Through mindfulness, we gradually awaken from the movies of our minds."

 

Joseph Goldstein

 

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The first thing you discover is

a kind of emptiness,

a silence,

a presence which doesn't seem to have content to it,

like looking up at a limitless sky. 



 

That boundary-less place

inside you

is your own consciousness,

your awareness. 



 

When you relax into it,

you realize that it's also full -

it is everything. 



 

You realize this presence is

what you really are: Love.


 

Arjuna Ardagh

 

 

 

For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.

T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding

 

 

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