mindfulness

A Quote by Henepola Gunaratana on buddhism, mindfulness, patience, and self-discipline

"Discipline" is a difficult word for most of us. It conjures up images of somebody standing over you with a stick, telling you that you're wrong. But self-discipline is different. It's the skill of seeing through the hollow shouting of your own impulses and piercing their secret. They have no power over you. It's all a show, a deception. Your urges scream and bluster at you; they cajole; they coax; they threaten; but they really carry no stick at all. You give in out of habit. You give in because you never really bother to look beyond the threat. It is all empty back there. There is only one way to learn this lesson, though. The words on this page won't do it. But look within and watch the stuff coming up-restlessness, anxiety, impatience, pain-just watch it come up and don't get involved. Much to your surprise, it will simply go away. It rises, it passes away. As simple as that. There is another word for self-discipline. It is patience.

Henepola Gunaratana

Source: Mindfulness in Plain English, Updated and Expanded Edition

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Joseph Goldstein on mindfulness, concepts, perception, labels, and emptiness

When perception is stronger than mindfulness, we recognize various appearances and create concepts such as “body,” “cat”, “house,” or “person”… On some clear night, go outside, look up at the sky, and see if you can find the Big Dipper. For most people that is a familiar constellation, easy to pick out from all the other stars. But is there really a Big Dipper up there in the sky? There is no Big Dipper up there. “Big Dipper” is a concept. Humans looked, saw a certain pattern, and then created a concept in our collective mind to describe it. That concept is useful because it helps us recognize the constellation. But it also has another, less useful effect. By creating the concept “Big Dipper” we separate out those stars from all the rest, and then, if we become attached to the idea of that separation, we lose the sense of the night sky's wholeness, its oneness. Does the separation actually exist in the sky? No. We created it through the use of a concept. Does anything change in the sky when we understand that there is no Big Dipper? No.

Joseph Goldstein

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A Quote by Yi-Fu Tuan on lucidity, mindfulness, clarity, and yi-fu tuan

Lucidity, I maintain, is almost always desirable.

Yi-Fu Tuan

Source: Escapism

Contributed by: KevinBeck

A Quote by Nancy Spears on work and mindfulness

Working in the Moment

Even the highest-paid, respected executives in Corporate America occasionally lose sight of their view. As managers under pressure, we will experience events that cloud our clarity and distort composure. A boss or board member may challenge your opinion or position, the market may turn and threaten your financial security, or you may be stressed by a critical deadline.

In these instances, when you are experiencing the pressure of your job, you also have the opportunity to experience Right Mindfulness. Ironically, it is our insecurities, tribulations, and uncomfortable moments that offer us the best workable material. When we directly face our fears and frustrations, we are weaving the rare and intricate fabric used to design the rich tapestry of our authentic selves.

By training the mind and embracing challenges as opportunities to wake up, we develop the skillfulness to hold to our view. We remove the laminate that temporarily shields us from the discomfort of the moment. Strengthening our ability to fully experience each moment forms a keyhole for the world to shine directly into our tender heart.

Nancy Spears

Source: Buddha: 9 to 5: The Eightfold Path to Enlightening Your Workplace and Improving Your Bottom Line

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj on desire, advaita, others, and mindfulness

Use your mind. Remember. Observe.
You are not different from others.
Most of their experiences are valid for you too.
Think clearly and deeply,
go into the structure of your desires
and their ramifications.
They are a most important part of your mental
and emotional make-up
and powerfully affect your actions.
Remember, you cannot abandon what you do not know.
To go beyond yourself, you must know yourself.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

Source: I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on fear, mindfulness, buddhism, awareness, and now

We have a fear of facing ourselves. That is the obstacle. Experiencing the innermost core of our existence is very embarrassing to a lot of people. A lot of people turn to something that they hope will liberate them without their having to face themselves. That is impossible. We can't do that. We have to be honest with ourselves. We have to see our gut, our excrement, our most undesirable parts. We have to see them. That is the foundation of warriorship, basically speaking. Whatever is there, we have to face it, we have to look at it, study it, work with it and practice meditation with it.

Chogyam Trungpa

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A Quote by Huang Po on buddha-nature, buddhism, awareness, now, and mindfulness

Our original Buddha-nature is, in highest truth, devoid of any atom of objectivity. It is void, omnipresent, silent, pure; it is glorious and mysterious peaceful joy -- and that is all.

Enter into it by awaking to it yourself.

This which is before you is it, in all its fullness, utterly complete. There is naught else beside.

Huang Po

Source: The Zen Teachings of Huang Po

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A Quote by Carl Gustav Jung on mindfulness, avoidance, and fear

People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing there own soul.

Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

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A Quote by Jon Kabat-Zinn on now and mindfulness

The habit of ignoring our present moments in favor of others yet to come leads directly to a pervasive lack of awareness of the web of life in which we are embedded. This includes a lack of awareness and understanding of our own mind and how it influences our perceptions and our actions. It severely limits our perspective on what it means to be a person and how we are connected to each other and the world around us. Religion has traditionally been the domain of such fundamental inquiries within a spiritual framework, but mindfulness has little to do with religion, except in the most fundamental meaning of the word, as an attempt to appreciate the deep mystery of being alive and to acknowledge being vitally connected to all that exists.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Source: Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by S.N. Goenka on now, mindfulness, and buddhism

Our suffering stems from ignorance. We react because we do not know what we are doing, because we do not know the reality of ourselves. The mind spends most of the time lost in fantasies and illusions, reliving pleasant or unpleasant experiences and anticipating the future with eagerness or fear. While lost in such cravings or aversions, we are unaware of what is happening now, what we are doing now. Yet surely this moment, now, is the most important for us. We cannot live in the past; it is gone. Nor can we live in the future; it is forever beyond our grasp. We can live only in the present. If we are unaware of our present actions, we are condemned to repeating the mistakes of the past and can never succeed in attaining our dreams for the future. But if we can develop the ability to be aware of the present moment, we can use the past as a guide for ordering our actions in the future, so that we may attain our goal.

S.N. Goenka

Source: The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation: As Taught by S. N. Goenka

Contributed by: Ryan

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