Awareness is cultivated looking inward. Usually we are looking outward through the senses. We see, we hear, we smell, we taste, we touch, all with an outward focus. Awareness is an inward focus. For many of us this is novel, as we are so habituated to an outward focus through the senses. We think inner peace is achieved through the outwardly directed senses. This is mistaken. Inner peace is cultivated inwardly . How can we develop an inward focus? While maintaining alertness, we must relax, totally relax. Let the mind rest free from seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and tactile touching. When the mind gets swept away outwardly by the senses, return to that alert, relaxed inner space of the sixth mind. The first five minds are the sensory minds. Return over and over again to our inward focused sixth mind in order to cultivate inner peace, that is bathed in universal love and wisdom.
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. […]
Mindfulness is now a household term yet most people do not know what it means. This is bolstered by the fact that different experts define it differently. The Tibetan word is ‘tenpa,’ which can also […]