Mindfulness is often described as being present in a non-judgmental way with what arises. This is  the necessary beginning, a step away from the well-worn paths of habit, heedlessness and reactivity.

 

Being present is like entering the gate to the garden of the heart-mind. With consistent presence, we begin to see, however,  that we are not just visitors strolling through and enjoying the view. Instead, awareness reveals that we are caretakers of this garden-plot where thoughts are the seeds of actions.

 

As caretakers,

we protect it with fences and nets, keeping out what might cause harm,

we pull the weeds that are finding a foothold,

we plant what is beautiful,

we nourish and care for these so they grow stronger.

 

These are the 4 Great Efforts the Buddha taught. In a mindful moment, we are not passive, but proactive. The garden we tend with industry and perseverance is where happiness takes root.

                                                           

Welcome to Mindful Moment! My intention is to be a dhamma friend. You can learn more about my background by clicking here: "About Me"  I hope you will visit  often and enjoy looking around. Besides sharing moments from my own practice in the blog pages, I list events as I hear of them, keep the sitting schedule current, and add to or modify other pages frequently.

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