Practising Mindfulness

“Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling.

Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.

“Come on, girl” said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud.

Ekido did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple. Then he no longer could restrain himself. “We monks don’t go near females,” he told Tanzan, “especially not young and lovely ones. It is dangerous. Why did you do that?”

“I left the girl there,” said Tanzan. “Why are you still carrying her?”

Zen Koan

Mindfulness is something I highly recommend.

It makes you more peaceful and it can help you sleep.

Mindfulness is the active practise of turning off mental chatter, pulling yourself out of the day dream and focusing fully on your current experience.

When you practise mindfulness you begin to notice every blade of grass as an amazing wondrous universe in it’s own right. You notice the uniqueness of every pebble crunched under your boot. The incredible architecture screams out to you. The beautiful bird’s songs are no longer ignored.

By starting to practise mindfulness you will realise just how much of your life you live in a fairyland of your imagination. Worrying about how to control the future or beating yourself up over past events. Both are merely ideas. They are not real. They are simply your personal mental fabrications. Unimportant distractions unless you decide otherwise.

If you ever have trouble sleeping draw your mind back from swimming in the sea of thought and simply notice your experience. The feel of the sheets, your breathing, the darkness, the quiet. Before you know it you will be sleeping peacefully. Whatever you think about the practise of mindfulness it sure beats counting 10,000 sheep.

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