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which is a little bit like doing one for all the time
when we do when all the time we bring our body and mind to personal experience
in this way
ah we can i add to them
our one
when we do this
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or whatever we're doing
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i taught mindfulness practice long before the developmental form and he taught it specifically in the saudi caetano central
why the seiko on the for from all of line pools
ah the word saudi time
this easily translatable as mindfulness
but it's literal is to keep awareness of the presence near one's mine or near one's consciousness
traditionally buddhist practice has been categorized
a three trains of promises
the first rule is right answer which includes practicing precepts
the third true
his wisdom or insight into how good is total is manifest in our lives
the second three
is the development of concentration for meditation and mindfulness must be present for any kind of concentration or meditation to okay
so my focus and concentration mutually supporting channel
they arise interdependency
on another way of looking at mindfulness practice
ah is described by a sri lankan solution gonna rattle
he says when you first become aware of something there is a fleeting instant a pure awareness
just before you conceptualize the thing before you identify
that is a stage of my uncles
ordinarily the stage is very short
it's that flashing split sentence just before you focus her eyes on the thing before you intend to from the for you clamp down on mentally and segregate than the rest of existence
it takes place just before you start thinking
mine was takes place before you start thinking
i would like to emphasize this point
the process of mindfulness is not involve thinking nor is it separating yourself from your experience in order to observe or analyze it
in my father's panfuls we bring our full attention to what we're doing
they bring a whole body and mind to each thing we did
in this way our body and mind by majority
but at the same time we are aware of what we're doing
we know our own experience
so for example
you're washing dishes
bring the whole hearted activity
have your body and mind to just washing dishes
so that there's no separation between you for your thinking
on the activity
bring your mind into the hot said see why
in this way you will know the conditions that are present
without having to step back from your experience to think about
you won't have to stop and ask yourself are my hands inside the water or out
is the water hot or just lukewarm either a lot of soap says or a few
when you're washing dishes you know immediately and directly the heat and said the quality of the water
without having to stop and think about
the same is true in zazen when we path this awareness of breath we know i ran immediately internet
we know if barbara was smooth pour well
deep or shallow i spent
without having to stop and think about
whence we pull ourselves back from our experienced to examined
that experiences over only begun something new which is thinking about the pass
if you remember an old friends
while you're remembering
that activity is memory
if you become aware the to remembering
the net is my horse
he go a step further and conceptualizing experience or put it in for words now i am remembering so himself so that is thinking
then mindfulness practice we bring the same intention and effort to be aware that we have in zazen into our daily activity
and when we have this intention
there's nothing more important for us to be doing
then washing dishes are living our lives and awareness
this is an expression of the bodhisattva vow
to wake up in each moment
for the benefit of all beings
in zazen in our meditation
we strengthen our ability to be aware
and this awareness naturally extends itself into our activity
so wherever we are
whatever we're doing
every experience is an opportunity for my this practice
the saudi katana sutra
has a passage which describes some of the activities which are suitable for my phones
i'd like to read part of it
it says the practitioner is aware when going out and coming in
the practitioner is aware when drawing in the whims and stretching them out
when looking towards something or looking away
is aware when putting on one's robes and carrying one sport
the practitioner is aware when eating or drinking or chewing or swallowing
is aware when urinating or defecating
he's aware from walking or standing or sitting
when sleeping or waking when speaking or keeping sign
mindfulness gives us a way to bring awareness to every aspect of our lives
it's not possible for us to accept something that were not aware
and acceptance of our physical and mental emotional and psychological states is necessary for mindfulness to be present in
we can't really experienced something falling
if we're suppressing them for rejecting it or denying
whatever we may experience mindfulness just accepts it
as another thing to be aware
ah ashanti david
who is an eighth century and and teacher
who is well known in tibetan buddhism
practice mindfulness with the question
his question was how and the practice of mindfulness be performed
under these very circumstances
if you choose to practice of this question
the act of remembering to ask the question is mind mindfulness
when we work with the question the practice isn't just to find the answer
remembering to ask the question is just as important
in the saudi patina sutra
all of our experience is divided are placed into four areas of practice which are called before foundations of mindfulness
the first foundation is the body
that includes all of our physical experience
everything we experience through sense organs
all sides sound smell taste and touch
it also includes mindfulness of the for postures
which are walking sitting standing and lying down
and awareness of the transition between this pastures
and the realm of the body includes awareness of the breath
we start mindfulness practice
ah with awareness of our physical experience
direct commands ah starting
by focusing your attention
either on one part of your body
or on one activity
if you chose a part of your body of you can choose anything
i'll take your feet as an example
ah throughout the day try to notice your feet
what position or n if they feel cool or warm
if their cramped or comfortable
when you stand up be aware of how you stand on your feet how you place them how you distribute your weight on
he aware of how it feels when you want
which part of your foot touches the for first
you might notice when you go through a doorway you always step through the same foot
i notice how you step up onto occurred
for how you walk up stairs
bring your awareness to on anything that your feet can do
ah another part of a body that works well is the bath
so again throughout the day notice your bath and what position it in
is your spine lengthened an extended for is issue that curve and sagen
are you leaning over to one side
try to have some awareness other relationship between the position of your bath and your state of mind
i feel like this kind of practice is on an area where we can let our creative ability out loose
as an unlimited amount of experience we have
that we take for granted
ah and you can choose to become more aware of more in touch with what's your body's
are always doing
but we may not know about
if you want to practice with an activity
choose something that you do at least once a day like brushing your teeth bathing making your bed washing dishes opening and shutting doors
and each time you do that activity try to bring your full presence to
so that you're practicing each day being aware with your activity
or that activity may remind you to be aware
ah some people left the activity of getting into their car or putting the key in the ignition
remind them to drive with a lance
when you try being line for if it feels like you have to work out it
or if it takes a lot of effort
try changing your attitude
instead of trying to concentrate your attention onto your activity
ah instead try wedding doll
the away from the present
we carry so much around with us
our memories and ideas conversations and songs
ah we can use mindfulness to help us remember to let go of or put down the burden
other distractions and confusion
which separates us from our immediate experience
the second foundation of mindfulness his feelings
in this context feelings means the immediate response we have to everything we experience
her feelings are either pleasant unpleasant or neutral
and this basic gut level response
isn't limited to human beings
animals and even plants how this kind of response
the nature of a plants to grow towards sunlight
and away from shame is an example of this
our basic response
the our feelings
the our feelings can be very subtle and they can operate and unconscious levels
our feelings are the route
the bar condition
because of this a lot of importance is placed on being aware of feelings of what pushes us or propels us in one direction
and which causes us to look away from something else
the third foundation of mindfulness is mindfulness of our mental and emotional psychological states
the ford foundation of mindfulness is mindfulness of dharmas are buddhist me and how its operating in our world
i think the most accessible buddha's is teaching her name is that everything changes
and if you want a practice where this mindfulness of impermanence notice change
changes in the external world
changes within
changes in your perception
be aware of found nothing stays the same
although there are four foundations of mindfulness we don't practice them in isolation from each other
the sutra gives instruction in mindfulness of our physical experience first
because our physical experience is most apparent at least subtle
but while we're being aware of our body
her feelings
ah thoughts and emotions and insights also arise
ah as mindfulness develops
there are two directions it can go
one direction is to practice with one object of mindfulness and the other is to practice with overall maintenance
have you practice with one object will my choose your past her for your breath for a part of your body
and you can practice with it during focused activity of meditation or throughout your day
and be aware of what your chosen
and when your thoughts are mind begins to wander
and you're aware of it and simply let go of a distraction and come back to original object of a winds
ah if you choose overall mindfulness this means being generally aware of your experience
ah so that whatever experience whatever comes up for you you're mindful of them
in this way you never need to put down the practice of mindfulness
because it includes everything
another aspect of mindfulness maybe a hidden aspects
is that everything is alive
which means the tatami mats are ally
and when we bring our full presence to what we're doing
we can participate in the aliveness of things
when we treat things or interact with them
as if they were a lot
the things themselves will have a different presence
and they will experience you differently
so instead of treating things outside yourself
as if they were objects for you to move around for your use
you can use them with care
and into a relationship with them
as you leave the lecture hall
you can carry your cushion or your chair
as if it were a why
he can bring your awareness to your feet and feel the floor or the to tommy
feel each part of your foot know he'll have all of your foot and your toes
that he stepped down and lift up your foot
we can walk on the floor
as if it were a dear friend
and our feet will feel more alive
when we walk in this way
our feet have a chance to feel the pleasure
i've just want
and the for
will be a different floor because of us