Eating Meditation

Ever heard of eating meditation Now for those of you who are unfamiliar with the mindfulness practice, I can imagine you saying, What is he coming up with now First it was telephone meditation, then traffic jam meditation, and now eating meditation What else will be next It's getting more and more preposterous But really, this shouldn't come as a surprise any more. Anything and everything can be meditated upon, can be turned into an exercise of mindfulness, an object of mindful attention. So,...

Changing Moods

In the course of the day, do be aware of the changes in the landscape of your mind. Notice the various thoughts that arise and pass away moods, emotions, and various states of mind sad, happy, depressed, cheerful, bright, clear, light, alert, sleepy, dull, lethargic, heavy, lazy, diligent, disinterested, bored, listless, enthusiastic, excited, calm, peaceful, tranquil, disturbed, worried, anxious, angry, raging, hating, loving, kind, forgiving, envious, jealous, rejoicing, happy for others,...

Sorrow

As human beings we do get sorrowful and depressed at times for all and various kinds of reasons. How can mindfulness help First, we can be aware of this sorrow, this pain or feeling of unhappiness in our heart. How is it like How do you feel it as a sensation in the body Does it feel like a sharp or searing pain in the heart Or is it more like what they call a heartache, that is, a sort of aching pain varying from dull to acute in the heart Or would you describe...

Hello with Love Other Meditations

Are you in the habit of leaping to answer the phone every time it rings Do you get a little tensed-up, agitated, excited, nervous, apprehensive, distracted, unfocused, absent-minded, thinking about something, being far away, not present, or whatever, as you reach for the phone Leap no more why not try a more soothing, beneficial and meaningful way of answering the phone Why not try the mindfulness and lovingkindness way This is what you do The next time the phone rings, don't rush to pick it up...

Talking

In the discourse on mindfulness, the Buddha says we can be mindful while talking or keeping silent. What does he mean Of course, talking involves thinking and verbalizing, that is, moving of our mouth and tongue to produce sound and words. So we can be mindful of our lips moving and the thoughts that arise in our mind as we speak. But I think what is most important here is to be mindful of whether our speech is wholesome or not, whether it falls within Right Speech of the Noble Eightfold Path....

The Miracle of Mindfulness

It seems so simple and uninteresting this mental factor of mindfulness. Just be aware of whatever you are doing, saying, or thinking. Just stay present. How more unimaginitive can it be Yet this simple factor of mindfulness can make a difference in your life. Sometimes the most simple thing can be the most effective and powerful tool in effecting transformation and change in us. It is like the answer is right there starring us in the eyes but we never saw it because we never expected it to be...

Sleeping And Waking

Just as you try to be mindful throughout the day, it's good to close the day with mindfulness, too. Thus as you prepare to retire at night you can be mindful. Be aware of whatever preparations you may make before going to bed. As you are preparing or arranging the bed, be aware too. And finally as you lay your body down, be especially mindful of that act. It is a significant act as it signifies your intention to sleep your last act of closure for the day. So note the intention to lie down and...

And Drinking

We can be mindful as we stretch out the hand to bring the cup or glass to our lips, as the hand touches the cup, as we lift and bring it to the lips, as we tilt the cup and drink, as we taste the contents, and as we swallow. And as we take more sips and as we put the cup back on the saucer or table. Of course, as regards drinks, one should avoid alcohol which is harmful to both mind and body. We should strive to keep our mind pure, clear, alert, mindful and...

Special Note on Anger and Sorrow

What we have highlighted in the beginning part of this booklet is body awareness. But there is also lot to observe with regard to the mind which, when uncontrolled, is a great cause of suffering. As the saying goes, the mind can be our best friend or worst enemy. When tamed it can be a friend and bring about happiness, but when wild and unrestrained, it can wreak great havoc and suffering. It is not within the scope of this booklet to go into an in-depth analysis of the nature of mind and how...

The Practice of Lovingkindness

It's good to incorporate the practice of mindfulness and loving-kindness in our everyday life. This means we try to be mindful in everything that we do or for as much of the time as possible, try to watch this mind and watch this body, follow the body movements, notice the sensations that arise and pass away in the body, notice the intentions and thoughts that arise and the state of the mind. Then every now and then we can radiate lovingkindness to all beings by simply thinking and wishing in...