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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Mindfulness and the Present Moment


Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated that that. It is opening to or recieving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.

~Sylvia Boorstein

James's comment: Mindfulness is really the key to one's liberation in my mind. Receiving the present moment and not clinging or rejecting it sounds easy doesn't it? However, it really is quite difficult for us at times. We love to make things much harder for ourselves and cling and/or reject to the present moment because we get a pay off being a "victim." It feeds the ego and it only makes us less peaceful in the end.

-Peace to all beings-

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5 comments:

alwaysdare said...

This post is so true. I also find it really hard to stay in the present moment :(

"James" said...

Alwaysdare:

I bow to the Buddha within you.

nakedsadhu said...

mindfulness the key?
the thief is very mindful while creeping in the dark.
results of actions are qualified by motivation. If one simply maintains awareness free from judgement how does one know what is to be adopted and what is to be rejected?

"James" said...

Nakedsadhu:

You are correct. It is not THE key but rather A key.

pappu said...

Dear all ,

Mr Ajan Sumedho has a good talks on the Subject of Mindfullness.

You can get it on www.dhammatalks.org.uk

Pleae Listen to it.

REgards
Pratap kamble

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