Until you understand this key distinction, you won’t be getting the full benefit of mindfulness, or understanding its very real limitations.
Not Just Attention
Mindfulness is usually defined in terms of paying attention (e.g. “paying attention to the present moment”) but this leads to confusion and inconsistencies.
For one thing, it is impossible to pay attention to “the present moment”, which consists of an impossibly vast amount of data from our senses, only a tiny percentage of which we are able to pay attention to at any one time.… Read the rest “You Don’t Understand Mindfulness Until You Understand This One Thing”
Meditation practice is a matter of psychology, not magic. Confusion on this point can have insidious (and dumb) consequences.
“Om Ah Hung is the fundamental three-word mantra of Sanskrit consonants, forming the fundamental sound of the numerous lives in the Universe. It shakes away the blockages in the body’s channels, cleansing it of ailments.”
– Discussing the Dharma Door of Chanting The Buddha’s Name, Nan Huai Jin
“Fundamentally, when you meditate, you bring your guard down and the light energy gets in…”
– 9 Scientifically Proven Reasons to Meditate, Thrive Global.com… Read the rest “Here’s a Rant That Nobody Asked For about Meditation and Magical Thinking”
Most people meditate for a long time with little improvement because of these four myths.
- Striving for unusual or one-off experiences
- Misunderstanding non-judgemental awareness
- Thinking that trying to exert any kind of effort in meditation is a mistake
- Extremely vague or unstructured meditation instructions
“I’ve been practicing meditation for a few years, but I still can’t keep my attention on my breath for more than a few seconds at a time.… Read the rest “I Wasted 8 Years of Meditation Because I Didn’t Understand These 4 Things”