2011-Mindfully Going Back To The Beginning

1 Comment January 4, 2011 / Posted in Breathe, Meditation, Mindfulness

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At the beginning of each year, I am reminded to return to what Mindfulness is about. Awake, aware and fully present. Beginner’s mind.

In his book Mindfulness for Dummies, Shamash Alidina, does a wonder presentation of laying out a guide to becoming mindful.

…this very moment now, is ultimately the only moment you have. Mindfulness shows you how to live in this moment in a harmonious way. You find out how to make the present moment a more wonderful moment to be in – the only place you can create, decide, listen, think, smile, act or live.

Elisha Goldstein has a great interview with Shamash that you’ll want to read

I am continually drawn back to the Buddha speaking to the villagers of Kalama. The story was shared in my blog: Seeking Personal Experience & Personal Authority

The Kalama Sutra

The Kalama Sutra is the Buddha’s reply to a group of townspeople of Kalama. They asked Buddha who were they to believe of all the ascetics, sages, holy ones and teachers They came through their town confusing them with their contradictory truths, teachings, beliefs, and one true way.

• Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it,
• Nor traditions because they are old and have been handed down from generation to generation and in many locations,
• Nor in rumor because it has been spoken by many,
• Nor in writings by sages because sages wrote them,
• Nor in one’s own fancies, thinking that it is such an extraordinary thought, it must have been inspired by a god or higher power,
• Nor in inferences drawn from some haphazard assumption made by us,
• Nor in what seems to be of necessity by analogy,
• Nor in anything merely because it is based on the authority of our teachers, masters, and elders,.

However, after thorough observation, investigation, analysis and reflection, when you find that anything agrees with reason and your experience, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, and of the world at large; accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it; and live up to it.

These words, the Buddha went on to say, must be applied to his own teachings.

Along the many paths remember as you set out:

After thorough observation, investigation, analysis and reflection, when you find that anything agrees with reason and your experience, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, and of the world at large; accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it; and live up to it.

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  1. Shamash said on January 7th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Dear Ozzie,

    Thank you so much for referring to my book. It sounds like you enjoyed it! You’re too kind! I wish you a beautiful and mindful 2011.

    Warm wishes,

    Shamash Alidina
    http://learnmindfulness.co.uk

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