When we practice the mindful attitude of equanimity rather feeling indifferent to our neutral experiences, we can learn to take refuge in the blank canvas moments of our lives.
True freedom comes from within. Through the practice of mindfulness we cultivate an understanding of, and a new relationship with, the things that most often hold us captive, such as ignorance, attachment and aversion.
Mindfulness practice is filled with paradoxes - things that seems absurd or antithetical at first glance, but upon closer inspection, turn out to be true. They provide powerful lessons that things aren't always as they seem and prompt us to look more closely at our experiences.
There are four foundational elements of mindfulness - key areas for focusing careful attention in meditation practice. Through exploration of body sensations, feeling tones, mental states, and the nature of experience, we can gain insight and decrease suffering in ourselves and others.
It might come as a surprise to you that something as calm, balanced, and rational as acceptance can be considered radical. What makes something radical? For our purposes, it means it is both 1) a departure from the traditional, and 2) complete & total. When we put that together with acceptance, which is allowing what … Continue reading Radical Acceptance