Awakening: The most important attributes & attitudes P1
The nickname “Buddha” means “the awakened” one. Awakening or Enlightenment is simply to understand and experience genuine and concrete reality of the present moment including all its components. Put in different words: it is the ability to differentiate what we are and are not,
what reality vs. mind-made illusions are. Awakening brings serenity.
It is not a fantasy to fulfill, a destination to reach or a miracle to happen. No special skills, no divine intervention from a third party, no dogma and no miracle are required because we are all already “awakened”. Being awakened is a personal experience impossible to share with others.
We call this awakened state our True Nature or pure consciousness, which will be never observed explained scientifically or even shared with others because:
And because we need consciousness to explain consciousness meaning that the object cannot be the subject at the same time or, w/o a mirror, we cannot see our own eyes.
As we will see experiencing awakening comes from many ways in our daily life and all of them are linked not only to the practice of formal sitting mindfulness meditation but also “on the go”.
To be mindful is to actively pay attention to something w/o any analytic nor decisional purpose.
Just being a mirror reflecting yourself, people, things and events as they are. It is like to focus mindlessly.
Here are few examples of mindfulness practice in non-specific order. Few more will follow next week.
- Practicing formal meditation. It requires effort, discipline, patience, determination and, above all, a non-judgmental assessment of your meditation’s quality. Just bring your mind to your breathing.
- Learning to be mindful on routine, automatic behavior such as eating, walking, driving,
- taking a shower, cleaning, dressing, etc. In other words, bringing together your wandering mind where your body is and does in a single space-time. This is “on-the-go mindfulness”
- Trying to live in the moment as often as possible, avoiding been carried out in past & future by your restless mind. NOW is the only existing time. The others time-spaces are virtual, despite our pictures / souvenirs of the past and our expectations/calendar of the future. They exist only on paper and in our mind. Our mind loves being a time machine to put us in a fictional daydream state.
- Being conscious that all living beings, current moment and any events surrounding us are transient and usually out of our control.
- Realizing that thoughts are just that…thoughts. They exist but they are, by definition, not real.
We are creating thoughts but it does not mean that we have to trust them.
- Having an open mind and not a mind-set made of ideas and judgments, which freeze our thinking.
Such open-mind is called “don’t know mind” and this mental state enhances our curiosity intelligence, wisdom and serenity.
- Avoiding multi-tasking.