Mindfulness in Constant Practice
- It's one thing to sit in meditation and be
mind-full of what's going on in any given
moment, but that may only take 20 minute to
an hour of your day. What about the rest of
the time? Are you spending it just letting
your mind run wild? Sitting in meditation
(no matter which method is used) brings you
to the present moment and thus affords you
the opportunity to be aware of "what is",
and not just get caught up in the all too
usual rehashing of the past and fantasizing
about the future that makes us fluctuate
between happiness and sadness, reality and
delusion, serenity and anger, etc. Consistency
in this mode is a beautiful thing, and need
not be limited to just a short time every day.
Ongoing Mindfulness is a perfect antidote to
the habitual attachment to whatever our mind
grabs hold of and then extrapolates on (with
our emotional and physical reactions following).
When practicing Mindfulness, we should just
be aware of what we are seeing, hearing,
tasting, smelling, feeling, thinking .and not
comment about it. If we are just witnessing and
not judging, comparing or commenting we are
Being in Reality with life as it is and as it
takes place. Let your awareness of the present
see something and just note `I see". Let your
awareness of the present hear something and just
note "I hear". Do not analyze anything you see.
Just note that you see it. Do not analyze what
you hear. Just note that you hear it. Fill your
mind with awareness and drop all the chatter.
This stops the attachment to and judgment of what
you see, and the sadness and fear you go through
when you judge it to be a threat, and the pangs
of desire that take place when you yearn for it
if you judge it to be good. This reactive trap
has and always will cause the suffering that we
Silent Witnessing is what Mindfulness is
all about. The more you practice it the more
it "works" and the less you'll suffer. Sit in
meditation and also walk and work and play in
meditation. Remember what the Zen Master said
when asked what should be done to know
Enlightenment. He answered "Attention!"
And when pressed to elaborate, he said
"Attention! Attention! Attention!"