The Three-Legged Stool of Mindfulness
Cushions don't have legs!!
More wisdom from Akincano and Sayadaw U Tejaniya
"With right view we are aware of what is happening in the present moment. We are experiencing nature happening. There is no body, no person. If we take this attitude and we are aware of what is happening, then we have right view and right thought." Sayadaw U Tejaniya
I read this early this morning. Then, while driving to Wiliamstown listened to Akincano continue a talk on the dynamics of mindfulness meditation. He pointed to three aims or strategies or intentions that spoke to me as simple, practical and, most importantly, do-able. Here they are...and they speak to what Sayadaw U Tejaniya talks about viz Right View.
First, when confronted with a thought or image look for the accompanying feeling in the body and put your focus there. A mind lost in the thought or image will proliferate thoughts and images. The feeling in the body will more quickly pass away. Stay there.
Second, adopt a spirit of welcome to that body-feeling-reaction. Bring compassion to the ache, the burn, the trembling, or the tightness. The alternative is war, and that will only prolong the reaction in the body. Welcome, not war. Approach the body-feeling-reaction with compassionate curiosity. This goes beyond the welcome. Gently investigate with affection.
Third, note the self-identification and attachment tied up in the thought or image that gave rise to the feeling. How have you made this thing part of "ME"? Begin the process of deconstructing the self as it identifies with this thought, image or feeling. "The stomach (not my stomach) is burning." "This thought is not me; it is not MY story.")