Mindfulness of Phenomena (2)

  '(An) unchanging, unitary, autonomous self is non-existent. Our existence is nominal. Devoid of an owned, inherent nature.’ Allan Wallace. ‘All our anxieties and difficulties come from our inability to see the true face, or true sign of things.’ Thich Nhat Hanh If Buddhism denies a permanent self, then how do we deal with the … Continue reading Mindfulness of Phenomena (2)

Mindfulness of Phenomenon (1)

The fourth and final Foundation of Mindfulness is of phenomena. You might be asking yourself right now, ‘But aren’t the body, the feelings and mental activity phenomena too?’ and you would be right. This is an indicator of the way that the Four Foundations of Mindfulness function as progressive steps of integration of awareness within … Continue reading Mindfulness of Phenomenon (1)

Mindfulness of the mind

With Mindfulness of the mind we are learning to recognise and acknowledge the whole range of mental formations as they arise in our experience. Feelings were defined as qualitative sensations of experience and are mental formations in themselves, but what constitutes mental formations exactly? They are the content and activity of the mind. The mind … Continue reading Mindfulness of the mind

Mindfulness of the feelings

Mindfulness of the feelings ‘Feeling is present at every moment of experience.’ Bikkhu Bodhi What does it mean to feel? We often take feeling for granted, never really taking the time to investigate what is really going on when we say we feel this or that. We often fail to appreciate the richness, complexity, and … Continue reading Mindfulness of the feelings

Mindfulness of the Body

  In contemporary society we generally have a very dysfunctional relationship with our bodies. We treat our bodies badly, we often eat wrongly, push our bodies excessively, or fail to give our body the degree of care and attention it needs. Addiction is incredibly widespread and nail biting, skin picking, excessive gum chewing, and other … Continue reading Mindfulness of the Body