This is a very interesting post on Mindfulness with a great reading list at the end. Enjoy

Weekends in Paradelle

Mindfulness is a frequent tag on posts from this blog, but what do I mean by that word? It’s a word that probably suggests religion, meditation, attention and certain practices depending on your own experiences.

Mindfulness is certainly central in the teaching of Buddhist meditation. Correct or right mindfulness is the critical factor in the path to liberation and enlightenment.

It is a calm awareness of your body functions, feelings, and consciousness. It is focused attention. It is an open awareness.

In the Āgamas of early Buddhism, there are ten forms of mindfulness. The first five seem religious in nature: the mindfulness of the Buddha, the Dharma, the Saṃgha, of giving, and of the heavens.

But the next five seem to be more accessible to everyone no matter what religious beliefs you have or don’t have. They are the mindfulness of stopping and resting, of discipline, of breathing, of the…

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