“Mindfulness practice is simple and completely feasible. Just by sitting and doing nothing, we are doing a tremendous amount.”
In Buddhism, practicing mindfulness enables us to live peacefully within our own minds. We know our minds run amok like spoiled children without discipline, but it’s never too late to reign it in.
I used to think that I wasn’t meditating unless my mind was completely free of any activity, but that’s not quite right. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche from the Shambala Sun makes a wonderful point that may help many of us put the concept of what it means to meditate into perspective, “An important point is that when we are in a mindful state, there is still intelligence. It’s not as if we blank out.”
So what exactly is mindfulness meditation?
(Photo: Unitarian Universalist Church of Fargo)
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