Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mindfulness and "skill in action"

Mindfulness is the ability to cultivate awareness of the present moment while putting aside our lenses of judgment. It is being in connection with the direct experience of the present moment, the here and now. 

Skill in action.

This is the prime message of many spiritual classics too, all of which embody insights into the difference between engaged action and the concept of action (unrealistic ideas or ideas ideas about what might happen or should havehappened).  

  • Bhagavad Gita chapter 2 verse 47:  You have control over action alone, never over its fruits. Do not live for the fruits of action, nor attach youself to inaction.
  • Likewise, the Buddhist concept of non-attachment does not mean withdrawal, or inaction, but the realization that action only occurs in the full engagement with the present moment.  
  • The Taoist principle of Wu wei (non-action) does not mean inaction, it means fully effective action that does not diverge from what is natural and actual.

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