While there is great value in the transmission of knowledge from teacher to student, no teacher is as potent an instructor as lived experience. In mindfulness training, knowledge arises out of the direct experience of the teacher's own mindfulness practice and is transmitted through one's embodiment of these attitudes and practices. The teacher isn't an expert per se, but a fellow traveler on a shared journey.
Mass mindlessness causes great suffering for ourselves and other living beings. Maintaining a personal mindfulness practice may be one of the most important things we can do to liberate ourselves and the world from the tyranny of our own unexamined minds.
Mindfulness practices can be incredibly healing and liberating. Many people who are new to mindfulness don't realize that the attitudes and intentions behind our practice are even more important than the practices themselves. Here we discuss some problematic views that can cause us to feel stuck.
Meeting online, for a great number of people, is the only way they can realistically participate in mindfulness classes and practice meetings. Not everyone can make it to a meditation center. For these individuals, the virtual community can be a lifeline. But, what happens when, on the sole basis of preference, we curate the inconvenience of face-to-face interactions in our learning, practice and daily lives?
With the start of the new year, many of us are thinking about the ways we will care for ourselves going forward and the healthy practices we'd like to cultivate or maintain. But, how can we know what's truly good for us? Mindfulness can help us be more discerning.