Mindfulness Resources

 

1) Definition of meditation by Mark Epstein in his book Thoughts Without A Thinker.  What he refers to as bare attention is essentially what we are calling mindfulness.

“Buddhist meditation takes [the] untrained, everyday mind as its natural starting point, and it requires the development of one particular attentional posture—of naked, or bare, attention. Defined as ‘the clear and single-minded awareness of what actually happens to us and in us at the successive moments of perception,’ (from The Heart of Buddhist Meditation) bare attention takes this unexamined mind and opens it up, not by trying to change anything but by observing the mind, emotions, and body the way they are. It is the fundamental tenet of Buddhist psychology that this kind of attention is, in itself, healing: that by the constant application of this attentional strategy, all of the Buddha’s insights can be realized for oneself… the unifying theme of the Buddhist approach is this remarkable imperative: ‘Pay precise attention, moment by moment, to exactly what you are experiencing, right now, separating out your reactions from the raw sensory events.’ This is what is meant by bare attention: just the bare facts, an exact registering, allowing things to speak for themselves as if seen for the first time, distinguishing any reactions from the core event.”

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