There is more to mindfulness than meets the eye...
There is more to mindfulness than meets the eye... or the ear, or the nose, or the skin!
The term "Mindfulness" has become almost a cliche today and the idea of bringing ones attention to the present moment is often cited as a panacea for every emotional problem.
While not disputing that attention to the present moment is of value, it is worth remembering another, older and perhaps more valuable use of the word mindfulness.
In Buddhist practice, "smrti" the Sanskrit word from which the modern concept of mindfulness is derived, suggests attention not simply to the sensory experience of the present moment but to your thoughts and actions. Specifically, it refers to the moral discipline of being mindful that your thoughts and action are in alignment with one's vows and commitments.
Buddhist monks and nuns observe many vows as a key part of their practice. We, of course, are not monks or nuns. However, we would all do well to have a clearly stated set of ethical principles by which we live and to make mindful observation of these principles a central part of our spiritual practice and personal development.
This is a subject that is close to my heart and to which I return again and again. It perhaps flies in the face of much "new age" thinking. To me it is of the essence of the inner masculine.
As Confucius said, "There are things a man will do and things a man will not do".
What will you do?
What will you not do?
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I am Nicholas Hudis an author and mentor dedicated to the path of self-cultivation. After 25 years as a therapist/coach, I see that the need is not for therapy but for cultivating the skill to live wisely, ethically and purposefully. I am no "sage" but the wisdom of Confucius, the Buddha and the Stoic philosophers guides me on a daily basis. My desire is to share this inspiration, through my writings and personal mentoring, and make a difference to your life too.