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Mindfulness

by on August 18, 2013

By Val Szymanski

At Bamboo in the Wind Sangha we designate the month of August as Mindfulness month, a period of time when greater emphasis is placed on the study and practices of mindfulness.

Mindfulness is deliberately paying full attention to what is happening around you and within you – in your body, heart, and mind.  Mindfulness is bare awareness without criticism or judgment.  It is a foundational Buddhist practice that can be practiced in any setting: at home, on the way to work, at work or play, or cooking a meal.  Basically, it is mind training.

It sounds easy enough, but this practice requires effort since our minds are typically resistant to any form of training.  That means we may need some support along the way once we select a mindfulness practice.

One of the most familiar mindfulness practices to a number of disciplines is practicing gratitude.   Beginning with a simple vow to notice your gratitude throughout the day when you first wake up from sleep, you may be able to experience gratitude during your day.  It may come from others or spontaneously arise within you.  At the end of the day simply write down five items you are grateful for that day.  Do this for one week, adding five new reasons each evening.

At the end of the seven day period, let us know how the exercise worked or not, for you.

Just This,
Val

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