In this blog we are discussing part of chapter 7 “Thoughts Are Actions” and how our mindfulness helps us to become aware of it.
Mindfulness is becoming aware. But it is a subtle awareness, more a state of becoming conscious of a perceived reality other than what appears on the surface. It is an intuitive state that includes oneself together with the other on the path. It embraces the neighbour and the self in oneness and blessings: “Love Thy Neighbour As Thyself.” Then the embrace becomes a thoughtful and sacred action in the outcome for both. It may express itself in physical action if called for, or in verbal expression. However it is the awareness itself, the caring from the heart that creates the pregnant force for the Greater Good. Mindfulness has the greatest power when it not only embraces kindred spirits but includes the wounded spirits of humanity with compassion and understanding. How compassionate are we for that what is little understood, the different realities than what we are familiar with? Do we dare to embrace that part of humanity that has imprisoned itself within boundaries of separation, especially when it appears to be boundaries that allow no dialogue?
What is the neutral ground we dare to stand on, without losing our own securities, whether societal, or more importantly, those of our peers?
Mindfulness lets go of judgement and embraces its ground with equanimity, with discernment.
Mindfulness is using the Higher Mind in full wakefulness; it is a not-knowing mind, a questioning mind that seeks an answer that it is only subtly aware of. It is the meditative stillness of a listening mind that is open to receive, a meditative stillness without meditation per Se. It is the fine-tuning of a channel until clarity is found.
When it then acts, it will be thoughtful action. Neither will it be attached to a certain outcome, but trusts its own momentum of unfolding.
Can we be that lone voice crying in the wilderness, when ours appears to be the only voice? It has appeared that it often is a single human being who carries the energy of thoughtful action, then to discover the momentous kindred spirits within humanity itself. We only need to look at Nelson Mandela, Marten Luther King, Mother Theresa, Gandhi, and many others.
Questing our awareness of mindfulness:
What has been your own awareness of mindfulness, be specific of the experience and how you felt and feel about it now. How does that change your mindfulness now?
Are there times when you could respond with more kindness to yourself in your thoughts and actions?
“Love thy neighbour as thyself” implies that we are to love ourselves in order to love our neighbour.