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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Mahasi Sayadaw Noting Method (mostly as taught by Yuttadhammo Bhikku): Help with mindfulness during daily activities?

I'm having immense troubles with maintaining mindfulness during the day. Is it really as simple as noting whatever is prominent? Do I just need to stick with it? Generally, I'm confused as to what ...
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Is Mindfulness the Opposite of Multitasking?

I realized that my use of social media always involves doing something else, and if I am on the internet I might also be on social media. Thus, I am always multitasking seemingly. How does the mind ...
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Reorienting Thoughts Towards Virtuous Object

I noticed that if I set an intention to avoid some behaviour, I rarely follow through. I feel perhaps a mere intention based on willpower doesn't have much strength. Is it more effective to direct ...
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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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Seeking attention and validation?

Over my life I've realized that my behavior has always been set to the point of wanting attention and validation. A lot of times it's subtle, like the way I move or speak. But other times I find ...
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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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Who or what is observing

I've heard it taught by various secular teachers that through mindfulness one can uncover the "true authentic self" because we realise that we are not thought but that we are awareness of thought. ...
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Attending Mindfully Versus Without Mindfulness

In this answer by ven. Yuttadhammo, it is said that depending on the level of concentration and mindfulness of a person, attending to certain states can result in either wakefulness or tiredness. ...
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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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Nature of Direct Experience

I have observed that during contemplation, there are periods where attention is on the object, a kind of basic awareness. Then, there are periods where thoughts emerge, based on the object, a kind of ...
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Simplest version of anapanasati

Anapanasati is usually described as "mindfulness of breathing" but I've seen a member of this site describing it as "mindfulness with breathing". Sati or mindfulness (as seen in the parable of the ...
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Why Do Moments of Mindlessness Occur?

I noticed that at key moments, such as when I am using social media in a passive way, or when I am between tasks in daily life, I tend to enter a kind of 'habitual' mode of being. On social media I ...
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Choice-less awareness vs directed

I read that after careful mental noting of experience in mindfulness .One reaches a state of effortless effort and choiceless awareness .So I want clear out if awareness can direct itself without ...
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What is citta in the four frames of reference?

I am trying to understand the four frames of reference. I could understand the body. I could comprehend the sensations (to be honest not completely). I could not understand the mind (citta). This ...
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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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What is the meaning of “dhammā” in the context of the four satipaṭṭhāna?

I've been struggling with this one for quite a while now. The fourth foundation of mindfulness is called 'dhammānupassana' - vision in regards to the dhammas. The old translation I was given when I ...
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Is there a source for the story about the sun being covered by the cloud?

A common analogy about mindfulness I hear about is that the wisdom is like the sun. It is always shining there, but is frequently clouded. Your job is to avoid as much cloud as possible, and when ...
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Internet and Mindfulness

I am wondering a simple question: In what conditions can we surf the internet mindfully? For what purposes is this possible or impossible?
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Mindfulness of Watching Youtube

I noticed that upon watching Youtube videos, I seem to become sucked into merely watching stuff online. I almost 'forget' to do other things. Oddly, this doesn't happen while reading online, or ...
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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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Integration of Body and Mind

Upon asking about over-watching Youtube, I wondered if this activity was detrimental because it was merely sensory without much cognition. Buddhism usually promotes seemingly either attention (...
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Improving Sati-Sampajañña (situative wisdom)

Although one can cultivate sati (recollection/mindfulness) through meditation & good conduct (silā), & one can learn wisdom via book knowledge as well as via direct seeing (for example rising &...
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Mindfulness of Action versus Perception

I noticed that when I'm mindful of what I'm doing, it seems different and even more helpful than merely paying attention to the senses, i.e. vision or sound. Are there any noted difference between ...
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Mindfulness when playing chess

I want to start with this Buddha quote from the Dhammapada As rain breaks through an ill-thatched house, passion will break through an unreflecting mind. Ch. 1: The Twin Verses, verse 13 Last ...
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Software programming/Art and Buddhist Practice - Pursuing creative activity

I have read this question but I'm seeking more advice. So it is quite obvious in the activity of software programming that we cannot help but think about programming concepts and also end up creating ...
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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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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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Difference between sati and sampajanna

What is the difference between sati (mindfulness) and sampajañña (awareness, clear comprehension)? Please provide examples.
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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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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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Judging mindfully

How does a mindfulness practitioner use judgment? I don't know if that is clear about how to judge or not judge in the Eightfold Path. Is it not clear because different Buddhisms disagree?
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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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What does sati mean?

This normally gets translated as mindfulness. In particular, does it mean remembrance, as in to actively think using words about the past. Or is it about thinking about the present, and not the ...
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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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Meditation Into A Dream State

Does anyone know if one can fall asleep into a dream while in the process of mindful insight practice and still maintain mindfulness and concentration? This would be different than establishing ...
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Thought arising

I often hear it being said that with meditation/mindfulness we observe the thoughts and feelings coming and going but I'm not sure if this is a clear explanation of what occurs because in my ...
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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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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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How should satipatthana be understood in regard to external/internal minds?

"In this way he remains focused internally on the mind in & of itself, or externally on the mind in & of itself, or both internally & externally on the mind in & of itself. (Thanissaro)...
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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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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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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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Mindfulness when “reading” : Ven . Mahasi Sayadaw tradition

Practice Ven . Mahasi Sayadaw tradition I spend most of my unproductive time (traveling , when nothing special to do ) on reading Dhamma books using my iPhone. These moments are not appropriate for ...
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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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Is Mindfulness the same as having an Observer?

If this was bone-obvious to everyone else, then silly me, but I just thought of it because I heard these two words separately long ago and connected them while answering another question... Are "the ...
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Was the 'I' gone (for a moment)?

Can someone explain to me this phenomenon that has happened to me? I am not a serious Buddhist practitioner. I used to do mindfulness practice daily (20–30 min on 90% of days), just observing ...
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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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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 ...