I just did a search for mindfulness, and there were no posts, which is startling for a subject that has millions of practitioners and has been used for thousands of years.
In a nutshell, mindfulness is the process of becoming fully self-aware. The Vipassana tradition uses awareness of the breathing without allowing other thoughts to become distracting. The Zen Rinzai school uses meditations on koans, complex simple questions that confuse the mind into awareness of the different levels. An example of this is the: “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” koan.
Within Western traditions, the monastic traditions are very similar and we have the example of cloistered monks and nuns as parallels.
Modern life has the beat poets, 60’s gurus and teachers, and a resurgence in recent years of all these traditions.
The key is not to attach to any one tradition, but to engage daily in mindful activity. Your brain will train itself to become more interconnected on different levels. Modern researchers (below) are using this idea to help individuals and groups interact better.
- How to Meditate (samharris.org)
- Learning to reside in being (sharanam.wordpress.com)
- 10 Scientifically-Backed Reasons to Meditate (harmonyforhumanity.org)
- Relax Already: Meditate (fitsugar.com)
- Differences between Samatha bhāvanā and Vipassanā bhāvanā (desangey.wordpress.com)
- 10 Scientifically-Backed Reasons to Meditate (nickandrea19.wordpress.com)
- New Koan – End All Conscious Thought Forever, and the utility of wikis in CYBORGanization for writing continuously (josephdantes.com)
- Thoughts on Meditation (12stepsthinkaboutit.org)
- inner peace movement: MEDITATION x MINDFULNESS (theltrain.net)
- What is Zen? Three key aspects help decode the mystery (psychologytoday.com)
- The entrance to “Hakuin’s Precious Mirror Cave” (zendirtzendust.com)