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You're also warmly invited to join one of our weekly Virtual Sangha's (Healing, Rainbow, Veteran, New Beginnings, and Teens).
Mindfulness originated over 2,500 years ago when Prince Siddhartha Gautama, an ordinary human being like you and I, gave up all of his wealth, power, and worldly possessions so that he may better understand the cause of human suffering. And if possible, find a way to end this suffering.
After five or six years of unsuccessful searching under many teachers and gurus he sat underneath a Bodhi tree and vowed not to get up until he came to an answer. He sat and meditated for 49 days until the answer was revealed to him. It was only then did enlightenment occur and we now refer to him as Buddha, the enlightened one.
Buddha then began to pass this knowledge onto many ordinary people of which some became his disciples and followers.
Buddhas knowledge and teachings are collectively known as Dharma and is the foundation of Buddhism.
Mindfulness is being aware of the present moment, both with your surroundings and with your feelings non-judgmentally. Everyone is capable of being mindful with practice.
Here at Blue Lotus Meditation and Mindfulness Center we practice meditation and mindfulness in the original, non-commercialized, noble traditions and all are warmly welcome to sit with us.
Imagine looking at the world through a dirty window.
Would you like what you see? Would it be a true representation of the world?
Our experiences and therefor our interpretations of the world are biased through our culture, society, socioeconomic class, gender, or race. Mostly likely a combination of all of these factors and more distort our view.
When you embrace mindfulness and meditation you will unlearn what you have learned and how to view the world without these biases. As a further benefit you will see an increased understanding of yourself, others, and the world around you.
A potted plants roots will never extend beyond the confines of the container it resides.
The same holds true for you. Your awareness and understanding will never increase or change as long as you hold onto the same ideas, concepts, and notions. These same ideas, concepts, and notions are your confining vessel.
Awareness, understanding, and openness, begin within the mind and eventually results in a wonderful paradigm shift. A more balanced, less self-centered position begins to replace negativity, cynicism, and pessimism.
When you embrace the positivity that comes with mindfulness you begin to experience a more rewarding life filled with peace, compassion, empathy, and love towards all living beings.
Mindfulness may be used to help with: