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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In today's perspective is it possible to practice mindful meditation except bhikkhus?

Mindfulness: the Vipassana Meditation is a great methodology to reduce suffering, avoid attachments and gain pure happiness. But in present education, competition, living needs, relationships, ...
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What, if anything, do the texts say about habits versus mindulfness?

SUMMARY (Note: I searched the group before posting and although there are several questions about habits, none are asking about this specific point. This is close, but it's not the same (and it's ...
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Mindfulness and mental habits

When we practice mindfulness we notice our mental habit and mental pattern. What makes us angry, jealous, greedy, etc.. My question is, when you notice them, do you change it to positive mental ...
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What am I doing wrong?

I was introduced to meditation many years ago through a short course and a book. Essentially I tried the mindful breathing meditation. I kept at it for a couple of years after which different ...
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Why does my mind naturally wander?

Before sitting for meditation I got a few strange questions: why does my mind even wander? What does my mind want, and can it ever be satisfied completely? Can anybody please explain this to me?
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What to expect from meditation?

First - this is a question directed towards advanced practitioners of mindfulness or similar meditation. I have been meditating and practicing other transformational work for about 17 years. ...
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how to eradicate past smaskaras

A monastery nearby my house, where I was about to be ordained and venture into the world of which I have been waiting so long, has now denied me ordination due to my bad habits of reading erotic ...
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Does mindfulness end kamma ? is that a good thing ?

Does mindfulness end kamma ? is that a good thing ? !!! yes I am aware that the goal is not to attach to anything so avoiding suffering and that good kamma in the end is also "bad" !!! I am asking ...
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Is mindfulness itself kamma ? does it create kamma?

Is mindfulness itself kamma ? does it create kamma ? is it one of the 50 types of kamma ? (my teacher who is a monk told me mindfulness is kamma - and like kamma its an accumulated thing ) Im ...
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New to the site, new to Buddhism

New to the idea of getting external help, too. I have several questions about this path after read this Q&A: New to Buddhism How to get to Nirvana? What attracted me to buddhism was Meditation: ...
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Is Meditation And Concentration Mutually Exclusive?

I'm relatively new to mindfulness meditation and I've been having trouble focusing / concentrating during my sessions. Even thought my meditation sessions are around 10 - 20 minutes, I feel like my ...
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Attitude Towards Speculation and Fantasy

I'm experiencing a lot of speculative thoughts and fantasizing about the future when I'm going about my day. I'm wondering whether I should attempt to deny these thoughts, or merely let them arise ...
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Taking care of our sexual energy

In the Five Mindfulness Trainings as presented in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, the third one - called "True Love" - says: I am committed to learning appropriate ways to take care of my sexual ...
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What should I be mindful of in everyday mindfulness?

I am not sure what to focus on when practicing everyday mindfulness. For example, when washing dishes due we focus on what we notice in our current experience; like as I wipe the dishes I can focus on ...
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Benefits of “Mental Noting” during positive events?

I've been using Mental Noting to improve my handling of anxious thoughts and emotions but I ran into a strange situation today. Most of my thoughts have been neutral or negative, and mentally noting ...
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Overwhelming states of being reached through meditation

I'm wondering what the Buddhist tradition might say about the following state of being. Firstly a bit of background, explaining how I got there and how it felt: I practiced (what I understood to be) ...
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Is mindfulness the path or the goal?

Some of the reading that I have been doing recently makes me wonder what is the place of mindfulness in the Buddhist path. My previous (current?) view is that mindfulness is central and is in some way ...
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How does one practice mindfulness during thinking - e.g. thinking about how to solve a problem?

This question is in context of practicing mindfulness in one's day-to-day activities (e.g. walking, talking, washing dishes etc.), where one is supposed to be "aware of" / "observe" / "be mindful of" ...
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Breath mediation during daily acvities

Is it possible to do breath meditation during daily activities ?
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Watching the flow or flow?

I had this moment , when I was engaged in conversation of topic with my friend, which we both reveled. I enjoyed the talk and we discussed without inhibition as it was natural. My question is whether ...
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What were the Buddha's meditation methods and practices during his pre-enlightenment wandering years in India?

I am not clear about one important phase of the Buddha's life: when he was a wandering aspirant, after leaving his two earlier teachers of yoga. There is not much reliable information available about ...
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Doubt in being mindful when two tasks are going to happen?

When we are doing some work(eating food--first task).. we hear something important or some noise(second task), which might require us to pay attention to it(to second task).. (means if we want to be ...
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Sampajañña: what is the correct action?

One of Buddha's four ways of training the mind for Sampajañña ("clear comprehension") is to know the suitability of an action. From an anecdote given by Joseph Goldstein, his meditation master was ...
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Are there things that one shouldn't be mindful of?

Just to move on from this answer in the question Is practising mindfulness ever a bad idea? Are there particular things that it is a bad idea to be mindful of? Are there thoughts, feelings, emotions ...
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Mindfulness with Pride, Anger, Hatred

I've recently tried doing a more open form of meditation where I put the least amount of alteration on what I experience, therefore letting everything arise non-judgmentally. However, I realize some ...
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Observations appear as thoughts

For example when I'm feeling a little anxious, I might think "I'm feeling threatened". These thoughts makes me feel like I am not actually being mindful, because if I actually were then I wouldn't ...
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Why is meditation making me more angry?

Can someone tell me what's wrong? I am extremely new to the art of meditation in general. My mind, in general, is always cluttered with either office worries or personal worries. When I remove my ...
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What are Bhavanga and Javana?

Will someone explain Bhavanga and Javana in simple way? At times, they seem non-comprehensible.
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Mindfulness during sleep

I have heard that monatics in many cases sleep as little as 4-5 hours per night. In what way do they train, to reduce the amount of sleep needed for nightly restitution? Are there methods of training ...
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Sleep, references to the buddha and other arhats

I have heard on various occasions that the Buddha slept very little. I was wondering if there is any theory out there that explains this. I was also looking for some specific reference in the ...
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How to practice mindfulness during job hours

Is there any way to stay mindful when your mind is busy at work?
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Mindfulness of feelings and emotions

I'm having a certain trouble in meditation being aware of both my feelings and emotions. The feelings, as in vedana, aren't so inaccessible to me but my emotions are particularly hard to discern. I'm ...
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What are the main differences between Buddhism and Ellen Langer's 'scientific mindfulness'?

Ellen Langer has an interesting passage in her book on mindfulness claiming that her work is significantly different than 'spiritual buddhism' because it comes from the Western Scientific tradition. ...
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Losing in thought and autopilot kicked in

Every day I ride my bike from home to office. It takes 1 hour journey. During that hour, many times I found myself somehow teleported to certain distance. It is not magic, I simply lost in thought ...
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Should we “ignore” feelings while being mindful and aware of the present moment?

When I am not judging any moments of life and taking it all in, should I give importance to feeling anything at all? I tend to get very rational and "accepting" about things. A feeling of letting go ...
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Some daily-life examples to help explain what 'mindfulness' and 'mindless activity' are?

In Buddhism there is a concept of mindful activity. But what actually is mindfulness? How does it differ from mindless activity? Please help me to understand that: I've googled it a lot, but failed ...
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What gets tired or feels hungry? Experiment

So there is a mind (one that asks this question) and there is the body (fingers typing this question of the mind). This is not "I" or "me". So when the body goes running and when the mind or brain is ...
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Realization of Anatta

I am not following any particular tradition of Buddhism. How does anatta feel to a sentient being? How can it be tested or experimented? This is being asked because mere intellectualization is not ...
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Mindfulness when sick?

I am trying to be mindful whenever I am not too absorbed in whatever i am doing and then I got sick. Everything stopped from fast to slow motion. I had time to watch myself being mindful, but then it ...
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Application of sixteen contemplations in the anapanasati sutta

I've had a regular morning meditation practice (15 minutes or so, longer when I can) for about 12 months now, and I have a question about the sixteen contemplations as explained in the anapanasati ...
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Overwhelming thoughts - Mindfulness and awareness

So I have read and know something about awareness and doing regular tasks with attention and focus. But recently there has been chaos with my job and cause for consternation. Thoughts keep arising ...
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Mindfulness while Studying or Listening to Dhamma Talks

It's significantly harder to be mindful when the language part of our brain is active. So how does one read theory about Buddhist meditation while actually being mindful of what is being read? How ...
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mindfulness thinking about future and past?

Is there such thing as mindfulness thinking about the future or past? I have a job that requires a lot of "going" into the future and past (projecting forward and assessing the past). I was wondering ...
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Wearing a bracelet to remind me to be mindful

Wearing a bracelet to remind me to be mindful ... is it a good idea ? from previous attempt it seemed useful for a day maybe two but than i get used to wearing the bracelet and i dont notice im ...
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What is the most “genuinely Buddhist” kind of mindfulness?

I’d like to hear some reflections on mindfulness. I’m not talking here about meditation on the three marks or any kind of visualization, but mindfulness. I am quoting here from B. Allan Wallace’s ...
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Is appropriate to mentally talk to myself during meditation?

Let’s suppose the primary object of my meditation is breathing. I usually just notice the exact point where my breath touch my nostrils and in my mind without words I just acknowledge this finding ...
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Lost mind while Meditating

I'm practising Vipassana meditation and I noticed that most of the time my mind thankfully doesn't wonder about things (past, future, judging). But I notice that my attention is not really sharp. It'...
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Can we program or pre-define our last thoughts?

I have heard the last thoughts of a person can define next life. If so can we somehow define them through practice, so when the time comes they will be as we planned? Or is there a practice that ...
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Tips to improve mindfulness in daily life

Does anyone know any new beginners ways to improve mindfulness in daily life?
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Should detachment, and letting go, be an appropriate response when you are owed money?

I'm trying to adhere to buddhist principles in my life wherever I can. I understand that it's really the best approach in just about every situation you can find yourself in. However, right now I'm ...