The MIND

wonderful post! thank you for sharing! 😀 namaste

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THE PASS

 The MIND

For years and years, I identified myself with my mind. I thought I was the mind. What a surprise when I discovered I was not! It changed everything. It was a big relief for me because as a teenager, despite being one of the smartest kids at school, I believed myself crazy. There was incessant chatter in my head, most of it unnecessary thoughts of fear and worry, and I didn`t know if it was the same for other people. That chatter was driving me insane, I wanted to go and see a psychiatrist sometimes. But it seemed that everybody found me ‘normal’, and I was doing pretty well at what I was undertaking. So I started assuming that it was just the way to be, and that I would be an overactive thinker for the rest of my life, no respite. As the French philosopher Descartes…

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Is it possible to meditate whilst remaining active in another activity?

grigglipuff asked:
Is it possible to meditate whilst remaining active in another activity? Or what would you call it when you quiet your thoughts in extreme attention to the activity at hand?

Is it possible to meditate whilst remaining active in another activity? Or what would you call it when you quiet your thoughts in extreme attention to the activity at hand?
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Typically this is called mindfulness or presence.

When engaging in activity on the level of both body and mind, it is possible to be still and present.

Some people mistake the teaching of present-moment awareness for only thinking about and living for the present. This isn’t so. Being present means recognizing this moment as the only time and place in which your life is actually alive, and you recognize this by abiding as that eternally present aliveness.
Using the mind to recall the past when relevant, contemplate the present when needed, and plan for the future as necessary is no problem. The difference is the place from which you relate to and use the mind.
Meditation isn’t something that lends itself well to definition. Any activity can be engaged in a meditative manner.

I like to make the distinction between meditation practice and meditative activity. Meditative activity is not a replacement for meditation practice. Often I’ve spoken with people about meditation who then say something along the lines of “Art is my meditation,” or music or cooking or whatever.

There is definitely something to be said about engaging those activities in a meditative manner. It can be restorative for both mind and body, as well as inspiring and joyful.
There is also a difference between someone who cooks with deliberate presence and mindfulness and someone who just does it half-attentively while lost in thought like every other moment of the day.

A meditation practice, however, has a profoundly penetrating effect. In meditation, many hangups and delusions come to light. There are fewer distractions from the diminished sensory-engagement. By staying with the practice, these deep-seated holding patterns are released.

While mindful activity is immensely important for abiding as awareness and no longer taking on new delusions/hangups, it has less of an opportunity for those deep-seated and unconscious patterns to come to the surface of consciousness.

It is still beautifully beneficial—especially if integrated as a way of life rather than just one particular meditative activity. But I think it’s important to emphasize that it’s not a replacement for a daily meditation practice. They are best done in tandem. Meditation without mindfulness practice may become an escapist attempt to leave the mundanity of the day. Whereas mindfulness without meditation practice may be a way of avoiding sincere dedication and aspiration to spiritual practice.

With dedication to both meditation and mindfulness, the line between the two will reveal its falseness. Then your meditation will be without end, whether you are seated or engaged in activity. That is very much along the lines of Zen Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta.

Namaste sis 🙂

thelazyyogi

joyful abandon

the protection of spirit is boundless

“The protection of Spirit is boundless. Wherever I go, I am guided and safe. The all-seeing wisdom of…”
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“The protection of Spirit is boundless. Wherever I go, I am guided and safe. The all-seeing wisdom of God is within me, as my inner voice and intuition. It is my steadfast lighthouse, gently guiding me away from stormy situations. Enlightened in the love of God, I am steered toward my highest good.
Knowing I am divinely protected, I live boldly and courageously. I navigate through uncertain situations with supreme confidence, always expecting good. God is within and around me, calling forth the highest expression of humanity in myself and others.
Wherever I am called to be, and whatever I am called to do, Spirit’s omnipotent power is with me. I am protected by the infallible Presence; I am always harbored in love.”

– Daily Word

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truth

“When you withhold forgiveness or love from anyone, for any reason, it diminishes your awareness of the abundance of good in your life. You are stuck in so much old stuff, new stuff has no way of getting to you. In essence, the good that you withhold from others will be withheld from you.”

Iyanla Vanzant

the true practice of love

“If you do not know how to take care of yourself, and the violence in you, then you will not be able to take care of others. You must have love and patience before you can truly listen to your partner or child. If you are irritated you cannot listen. You have to know how to breath mindfully, embrace your irritation and transform it. Offer ONLY understand and compassion to your partner or child – This is the true practice of love.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

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