Mindfulness involves a way of life that evaluates our thoughts and emotions, while they are happening or about to happen. A great master, Atisha, who lived about 1000 years ago, would observe his mind. When negative thoughts or emotions arose, he would place a black stone, and work on transforming the harmful thought or emotion into it’s opposite positive one. If a positive one arose, he would place a white stone. At the beginning there were many more black stones than white ones. Gradually with time the black and white stones were equal, then the white ones overpassed the black ones. It is possible to change our minds and hearts to become more positive.
Now that we have at least considered practicing forgiveness, practicing gratitude enhances our happiness even further. Both practices rely on mindfulness, to know when we are not practicing, and to remind ourselves what specifically to […]
Meditation and mindfulness are like dance-partners. They each support the other gracefully. There are two types of meditation: focused (shamatha) and contemplative (analytical). Focused meditation also is translated as calm abiding, concentration, and single-pointed meditation. […]