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Old 02-03-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
Mary Eastland
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The greatest support we can have is mindfulness, which means being totally present in each moment. If the mind remains centered, it cannot make up stories about the injustice of the world or one's friends, or about one's desires or sorrows. Being mindful means being fully absorbed in the moment, leaving no room for anything else. We are filled with the momentary happening, whatever it is--standing or sitting or lying down, feeling pleasure or pain--and we maintain a nonjudgmental awareness, a 'just knowing.'"
--Ayya Khema

I like this quote...Aikido has helped me develop some of this quality in my every day living.

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Old 02-03-2012, 02:45 PM   #2
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Re: Mindfulness

Attaining a state of Mindfulness is pretty much the overall general and high level objective of most of the internal arts I have been researching - including Taiji, Qigong, and even the mental internal stuff we do with Dan

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Old 02-24-2012, 09:07 PM   #3
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Re: Mindfulness

Hi Mary,
That is wonderfully put, because every moment is beautiful, we miss it usually because we are in some thought in the past, rembering what he/she did to me look at my life story and all the things that happened to me. Or what's going to happen in the future, ive got my credit card to pay next week, kids are going to start a new school term soon oh my god what will I do if cant get them a new pair of trainers, and when the hell am I going to get that promotion that I think I have a god given right to.
And we miss........... Everything that is truly important, the only true reality that there "is". This very moment because nothing exists out of this moment, if you think it does then your missing the aliveness of now!

This I know to be true, because if I only believed it, then it is only another thought form, not true harmony. True harmony can only ever exist in this very moment in the now, not in the past not in the future, but here and now and it is completely non-resistant. It just is.

In Budo

Andy B
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