From telephone to traffic jam meditation
to the ordinary business of eating & drinking,
to waking up & sleeping, to moods & mind states,
Visuddhacara shares his understanding of
how we can integrate mindfulness & loving-kindness
into every facet of our modern life
Size: 5.5” X 8.6”
IT’S NOT DIFFICULT, IT ONLY TAKES REMEMBERING
BEING MINDFUL is not something difficult to do. The difficult is in remembering to be mindful because we forget again and again. But once we keep practicing and keep trying to remember, we find more and more that the mindfulness comes back to us, as if on wings, by itself. It then becomes more and more effortless. We just can’t help but being mindful more and more often. In other words we create a new habit — the habit of being mindful; we substitute the old habit of unmindful ness or mindlessness with one of mindfulness one awareness.
How wonderful — to be to be naturally mindful! Then ours is not just a practice of mindfulness but also of loving-kindness. Every now and then we radiate goodwill towards all beings. May I / you/ she/ they all be happy! Even oneself is not excluded and everybody is included.
And just consider what a powerful and wonderful combination this is — mindfulness & loving-kindness. Your life will never be the some again with twin-pronged approach. Talk about the Buddha’s twin miracle and this is it. More effective in the long run than a mere display of psychic power. What’s left finally is to integrate the practice into every facet of our life.
How for example, to translate our thoughts of love and goodwill into speech and deeds. How to become an embodiment of live, kindness, and wisdom. Kindness in our eyes, in our face, in our smile, in our warm greeting. Kindness that exudes from our whole being and that is accompanied by a gentle and profound wisdom which understands that all beings seek love & happiness and shun pain & suffering.
In this booklet, Visuddhacara shares his limited understanding of this practice of mindfulness and loving-kindness with a view to encourage all of us to walk the path.