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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.
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, Dharma, onto many ordinary people of which some became his disciples and followers.
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 qualities such as culture, society, socioeconomic class, gender, religion, race, and more. Mostly likely a combination of all these factors and more distort our view.
When you embrace mindfulness and meditation you will unlearn what you have learned allowing you to view the world without bias. As a further benefit you will see an increased understanding of yourself, others, and the world around you.
Mindfulness may be used to help with:
A potted plants roots will never extend beyond the confines of the container it resides in.
The same holds true for you. Your awareness and understanding will never grow 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 mindset replaces the negativity, cynicism, and pessimism you may be holding.
When you embrace the shift in perspective that comes with mindfulness you allow yourself to experience a more rewarding life filled with peace, compassion, empathy, and love towards all living beings.
Mindfulness, as revealed through the Dharma, teaches one how to develop your mental clarity.
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