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Questions tagged [mindfulness]

The practice of paying more attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you. This can be during formal meditation or during one's everyday life.

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Sati-Sampajañña and a quiet mind

Is it the case that a quiet mind can best execute Sati-Sampajañña because there are no interfering thoughts disturbing it? If the answer is yes, should the main concern in day-to-day life be to ...
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Difference between sati and sampajanna

What is the difference between sati (mindfulness) and sampajañña (awareness, clear comprehension)? Please provide examples.
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Scattered mind while doing Body Scanning in Vipassana

I have been practicing Vipassana under the tradition of S.N Goenka for the last 2 and half year. When I scan my body and observe different sensations, I find that my mind is not clear and It's not ...
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Mindfulness question

When practicing mindfulness and labelling for example if I'm making my bed can I note "making bed" or of I'm driving note "driving" or is it meant to be more specific? Because a lot of the time I can'...
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Kayagatasati Sutta

In the above sutta the Buddha said that one knows every step one is untertaking. Whether it's walking, sitting, standing, lying down, bending etc. Does this imply simply awareness of body sensations (...
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How can I practice mindfulness meditation with sound, not breathing?

I want to start practising meditation, but breathing exercises extremely psyche me out. I find any activity that involves intensely focusing on a part of my body distressing, sometimes nauseating. So ...
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Propelling the continuity of mindfulness

I want to know how to prolong the knowing factor in my life .I face hindrances when thinking about solving a problem for example which is different than contemplating the receptions in mindfulness.How ...
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Is (and why is) physical health important, as well as mind?

As we all know, the Buddha taught that everything is about mind -- including for example that Dukkha exists because of mind, because desire came into mind first no matter if it would affect us ...
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Ānāpānasati (mindfulness of breathing) — concentrate on nose, or on whole body?

I am meditating for the last three months, about 30 mins a day (or a little longer than that). I followed Ajahn Brahm's "Basic Method of Meditation" to bring the mind to be in the present relatively ...
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Is there any reason of restlessness in the afternoon?

I have been practicing mindfulness and watching thoughts. I usually feel rapture, calm and desireless all the day but not in afternoon after lunch. In afternoon, I even forget all stability ...
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Is there any benefit in abstaining from listening songs?

All the songs which I have been listening since childhood are constantly popping up in my mind even the songs which I listened in the childhood. Shall I now stop listening any song altogether ...
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What is the difference between mindfulness and detachment?

From Mindfulness: Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and ...
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Is mindfulness for quick enlightenment being exaggerated in the Sutta MN10?

I was reading about mindfulness here. At the end I found this paragraph Let alone seven years, anyone who develops these four kinds of mindfulness meditation in this way for six years … five ...
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What to do when music gets played in the mind

I get the idea of recognizing mind states .Knowing their existence separates them from self but sometimes .I get this addictive Music like a recording in my mind that constantly restarts diverting my ...
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Sexual thoughts coming with full pace to silent mind

I'm being very mindful and aware nowadays. My mind is now very much quite and I am able to watch handful of thoughts in day to day life. The problem is at a particular instant of quite mind, sexual ...
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Is it possible to attain wrong mindfulness and wrong concentration?

Concentration and mindfulness is a rare achievement. People can have wrong views , wrong intentions but it seems they are able to achieve high concentration and mindfulness. My question is : Is it ...
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Is this a beginning of anatta? Where to go from here?

After years of abandoning Buddhism and becoming an agnostic, I somehow finally experienced/felt the Four Noble Truths yesterday, or at least the truth of the first three. Then the same thing happened ...
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Need some pointers about the current phase

I know this is a big letter but it is important. Would really appreciate your help. My spiritual path very much goes along with my career. I knew since my school days that I never wanted to be part ...
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The meaning v of this phrase in Satipattana Sutta

I want to know the proper meaning (a full breakdown) of what this phrase means in Satipanna Sutta. It's in pali. Iti ajjhattaṃ vā kāye kāyānupassī viharati, bahiddhā vā kāye kāyānupassī viharati, ...
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How can I keep from feeling dishearted while trying to live mindfully

I find it very difficult. I get bored sometimes and other times simply struggle to stay focused on the breath and the body. Does my attention span improve over time? I'm ADHD so it's very difficult to ...
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Is it unethical to teach mindfulness for money?

There are several consulting firms out there that teach mindfulness to corporations as a livelihood. Is it bad karma since they are essentially taking this from the Buddhist teachings, adding their ...
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How is enlightenment or mindfulness reflected in the functioning of the aggregates?

How are the aggregates affected by a person's becoming enlightened or more enlightened? I'm guessing that some aggregates (e.g. "form" perhaps) are not affected, and some are. I'm asking, hoping to ...
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In breathing mindfulness ,why only long and short breaths are taken into consideration?

I have just started practicing breathing mindfulness. At several places following is said for the breathing mindfulness: While breathing in long, he knows “I am breathing in long”, or, while ...
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Which mindfulness technique should I choose?

Namo Buddhaya. I am a beginner.I want to dedicate rest of my life developing mindfulness.I know there are four ways of attending mindfulness. I understand all the four ways. However I am not sure how ...
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How to get rid of thoughts of grandiosness?

By practising the eight fold path and meditation I have been able to get over lot of suffering as a result of my past created by my mind. I am able to get over self pity, hatered, anger by following ...
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Why is the problem with the personal pronouns 'I, me and mine'?

9 Attitudes of mindfulness - Jon Kabat Zinn Jon describes these pronouns as problematic because who we actually are is far greater than that. How so? Please detail why the problem lies with the ...
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Is Mindfulness a poor translation for Sati?

Usually Sati is translated as Mindfulness, but according to the Wikipedia entry, Mindfulness is described as follows: Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to ...
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Anapannasati - Why the breath?

Is there a specific reason why the breath is used as the object of anapanasati or to be more precise: Why did the Buddha chose the breath. Does it mean then that in daily life our main object should ...
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Mindfulness of Breathing vs Mindfulness with Breathing [duplicate]

I just read somewhere by Dhammadhatu's posts that it is Mindfulness with Breathing. Can someone explain the difference? So I don't pay attention to the in-and-out breaths? I'm now quite confused. Sati ...
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Avoiding inner narration while practising Anapanasati

I began meditating a few months ago with the help of guided online meditations for a long time from different sources and read some articles on how to do Anapanasati while continuing my practice. ...
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Sanditthika Sutta: Visible Here-&-Now

In the Sanditthika Sutta, "The fact that when a delusive quality is present within you, you discern that a delusive quality is present within you; and when a delusive quality is not present within ...
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Correct Perspective for Mindfulness

I am wondering whether anyone can give me information on the correct way to practice non-judgmental mindfulness. The way I understand it, different attitudes towards experience can imply: Attachment: ...
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How can mindfulness be maintained while receiving and processing information?

It seems that when I process information, be it at work or with people in general, I struggle to not be swept into a cerebral/cognitive space. How can this be remedied/avoided?
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Mindfulness of brain — references?

I am looking for references to any (obviously modern) practices that might be described as "mindfulness of brain" or "meditation on brain" -- using the brain, part of the brain or nervous system, or ...
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Should I maintain my mindfulness 24 hours a day?

I love mindfulness but when I sleep I loose all my mindfulness. I see dreams in which I am unaware of the Truth. Should I maintain my mindfulness 24 hours a day? If yes , how can I maintain my ...
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Sutta that says to do mindfulness in a slow manner

I remember that I once read a sutta by the buddha where he mentioned to do things slowly while being mindful in order to recognize each step. Any ideas which sutta it could be?
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What is yoniso manasikara and ayoniso manasikara?

As suggested in this answer, it is a good idea to investigate this further. What is wise reflection (yoniso manasikāra) and unwise reflection (ayoniso manasikāra)? Yoniso manasikāra is also ...
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Does this statement by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu conflict with traditional mettā meditation?

I'm a beginner and I'm studying (and trying to practice) both meditation on breathing and mettā meditation, and in the book Anapanasati by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, which i'm following with some initial ...
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I've always had a feeling that there is more to life and death. Is this normal?

Good morning, to everyone, I'm new to this site and only recently been very interested in Buddhism, mainly because I have always believed in reincarnation, but to be honest I didn't know other ...
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Did the Buddha ever teach logic?

Was western logic ever taught by the Buddha? How about Indian logic? How can logic be useful in the Eightfold Path? How could logic be a hindrance? How could logic be a blessing?
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If there is no self, why do anything?

My limited understanding of Buddhism has already helped me in many ways and I am very glad to have found it. With that said, I have always wondered about this title question. If there is no 'I', ...
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When should I stop my brain from going on auto-pilot mode?

Auto-pilot mode is there for a reason. It is to prevent us from re-inventing the wheel. This is solely my understanding. My question is how do I decide when to go on auto pilot mode and when not to? ...
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How to be mindful while doing routine activites like walking on a street known for years?

I started observing nature as I walked by the street which I take daily to get out of colony. Problem is that I have already observed it throughly. There isn't anything that I haven't observed. Brain ...
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Will mindfulness help me in observing patterns and learning to keep away from a toxic person?

I have started mindfulness from past 3 days and am experiencing reduced anxiety. I have allocated a half an hour time at 9 PM to reflect on the thoughts which may have occurred to me during the day ...
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Questions About Pleasure in Visual Senses

I'm wondering if Buddhism has any notion of visual defilement. What I mean is that in Christianity, there are notions of one's purity or person corrupted by pornography, lustful gazing, etc. Is there ...
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Why is there so little emphasis on “mundane” mindfulness?

Mindfulness has been getting some bad press of late, seemingly fallout from a wave of people selling mindfulness products that make all kinds of claims. Note that this is not the only article on this ...
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Mindful driving

I often found that driving to work and back to be the most stressful part of my day. And, to combat this I started to drive without the radio on and tried to focus my mind to the vibrations felt by ...
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During body-scan ('sweeping') meditation, what does brain-imaging (e.g. fMRI) look like?

I do not know how extensively body scans have been studied with brain-imaging techniques, e.g. fMRI. Body scan is a meditation technique developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. It was derived from a meditation ...
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Mindfullness and Imagination

I have read some of the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh about mindfullness and anchoring oneself in the present by focussing on in-breath and out-breath. I am curious what teaching there may be about ...
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Vedana: does it include feeling sleepy, dizzy, alert…

I am a (somewhat lackadaisical) follower of S.N. Goenka's meditation teachings. After a couple of 10-day retreats and reading some articles such as this: http://www.vridhamma.org/Why-Vedana-and-What-...