Monday, August 27, 2007

Gratitude 8/27/07

Today I am grateful for this Daily Om, a good reminder that we practice mindfulness to increase awareness.

Awareness cannot be practiced

Awareness cannot be practiced. There has been some confusion between awareness and mindfulness. They are related, but distinct. Sati, or mindfulness, implies there is action of the mind. We purposely set ourselves to pay attention to our minds. We exert effort. Awareness is different. Awareness is devoid of any action. The mind simply "awares." There is no action here, only a collected and spontaneous awareness that just "sees." Here, mindfulness is the cause, and awareness is the effect. You cannot practice or train the effect. You can only practice something that will cause it. We have to start with mindfulness so that awareness may arise in us.

~ Thynn Thynn, in Living Meditation, Living Insight, from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book

I am also grateful for my many loyal and dedicated clients, one of of whom is back from a summer in cooler climes.

What are you grateful for today?

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