Mindfulness for beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment—and Your Life
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Entering: Beginner's mind -- The breath -- Who is breathing? -- The hardest work in the world -- Taking care of this moment -- Mindfulness is awareness -- Doing mode and being mode -- A grounding in science -- Mindfulness is universal -- Wakefulness -- Stabilizing and calibrating your instrument -- Inhabiting awareness is the essence of practice -- The beauty of discipline -- Adjusting your default setting -- Awareness: Our only capacity robust enough to balance thinking -- Attention and awareness are trainable skills -- Nothing wrong with thinking -- Befriending our thinking -- Images of your mind that might be useful -- Not taking our thoughts personally -- Selfing -- Our love affair with personal pronouns - especially I, me, and mine -- Awareness is a big container -- The objects of attention are not as important as the attending itself -- Sustaining: Mindfulness-based stress reduction -- A world-wide phenomenon --
An affectionate attention -- Mindfulness brought to all the senses -- Proprioception and interoception -- The unity of awareness -- The knowing Is awareness -- Life itself becomes the meditation practice -- You already belong -- Right beneath our noses -- Mindfulness is not merely a good idea -- To come back in touch -- Who am I? Questioning our own narrative -- You are more than any narrative -- You are never not whole -- Paying attention in a different way -- Not knowing -- The prepared mind -- What is yours to see? -- Deepening: No place to go, nothing to do -- The doing that comes out of being -- To act appropriately -- If you are aware of what is happening, you are doing it right -- Non-judging is an act of intelligence and kindness -- You can only be yourself - thank goodness! -- Embodied knowing -- Feeling joy for others -- The full catastrophe -- Is my awareness of suffering suffering? -- What does liberation from suffering mean? --
Liberation is in the practice itself
The beauty of the mind that knows itself
Taking care of your meditation practice
Energy conservation in meditation practice
An attitude of non-harming
Greed: the cascade of dissatisfactions
Aversion: the flip side of greed
Delusion and the trap of self-fulfilling prophecies
Now is always the right time
The "curriculum" is "just this"
Giving your life back to yourself
Bringing mindfulness further into the world
Ripening: The attitudinal foundations of mindfulness practice
Practicing: Getting started with formal practice
Mindfulness of eating
Mindfulness of breathing
Mindfulness of the body as a whole
Mindfulness of sounds, thoughts, and emotions
Mindfulness as pure awareness.
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