When cultivated, mindfulness brings about positive transformation in both our mind and our body.
In the Pali texts, mindfulness is defined as follows: Mindfulness is a mental factor.
Mindfulness has the characteristic of not wobbling. It supports our attention in being firmly established, plunging into the object of observation and not being superficial.
The Function of mindfulness is the absence of confusion, or non – forgetfulness. It helps us to keep the object of our attention in “view”. Just as a soccer play never loses sight of the ball, and knows where it is, the mindful meditator, never loses sight of the object of mindfulness.
Once we are able to cultivate mindfulness, we will come to know its ability to 1) direct the mind, face-to-face with the object of attention, and 2) to protect the mind. Once our attention is focused and paying attention, there will be no room for negative states of mind, fears, worries, anxieties or any of the other qualities that agitate the mind and bring unhappiness.
The nearest cause for mindfulness to arise in our mind is strong perception and the four foundations of mindfulness.
For us to arouse mindfulness, first we need strong and clear perception. As much as we can perceive things clearly, our mindfulness will be strong and steadfast.
The two functions of perception are the recording and the recognition of formations ( in our mind) , irrespective of their positive or negative nature. That is just like a CD can record music, without judging it, perception can notice our experience without judgment.
So how do we develop this quality of perception? We make mental labels or notes of the objects that we are paying attention to. This way, we will be able to circumvent judgment, which we have a habit of engaging in, and just record and observe as things happen.
Another important support of Mindfulness is mindfulness itself. In fact, the development of Mindfulness is the result of the momentum of mindfulness…one moment of mindfulness can help causes the next to arise.
Andrew has dedicated nearly 30 years studying mindfulness with many of the world's greatest teachers. He has taken the most beneficial of the practices that he has studied and verified and integrated them into a life with children, and a career in wealth management at global corporations . He is now dedicating his time to sharing these methods with people in all walks of life who are interested to discover ancient wisdom that is applicable and beneficial to modern life.