Mindfulness without three workouts is not

That West has a dubious privilege to spoil, blur, denature and many of the teachings of self-development of Middle East, prostitution is so deplorable as undeniable fact; its ability to distort such teachings is excessive, so regrettable fact is as true. Calle Ramiro writes.

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So it is not surprising that what might be called neoyoga, neotantra, neovedanta, neozen, and others have been so distorted and always with the same purpose: profitable and commodify, regardless of many of their diffusers that is a betrayal of the very essence of such traditions. And no method of self-realization of the East tends to save themselves from such deformation.

It is necessary to expose such attempts to distort the genuine teachings, omitting some of its more core principles, making false promises that you can find shortcuts to get to heaven and that it is not necessary to deploy the effort.

This not is has saved the so brought and led now Mindfulness, to start term that should not replace the Castilian's 'care', but fads are fashions and if they come from USA even more irresistible and mechanical and blindly imitated. But well it can assert that mindfulness without the triple discipline or triple training is just nothing. To begin with, because there is no one that manages to be attentive if not he trained methodically and regularly for this purpose, because it is as if I asked me to run the 10,000 meters without a prior and thorough training.

No one manages to watch because being told that it is, as it is not enough to pronounce the word "light" so that the lamp is turned on. We are too asleep and automated to watch even a minute without a prior and systematic training to cultivate and develop the precious function of the mind that is attention, and that Buddha said: "I declare that it is powerful at all times and circumstances". Just as in the Dhammapada We can read: "those who are attentive are alive, but which is not, as if they had already died".

Attention training

Develops flexibility carried out consistently stretching, and wins in attention to exercise for that purpose through appropriate meditation techniques. Otherwise, even if say a person is alert, will not get it never in daily life, as even it is difficult to be even with timely methodical training.

That a muscle is trained to develop and strengthen it, just have to train this subtle "muscle" that is attention. All have in principle very weakened attention and gain nothing, if we don't exercise for that purpose, say us "stay tuned to walking the talk or to love". Mental neglect, carelessness of mind is such that it requires a regular practice, which is meditation, and complement it, Yes, being then more attentive to prepare a cup of tea, take a walk to smell a flower or be in the depth of a caress. Therefore, to insist on this, If a person wants to be more careful, you have to train seriously, because otherwise think it is attentive without being it or will again fail in the attempt.

But even care for the attention, the so-called midfulness by the minfulness, short range if it is not supported by other two disciplines as well as the culture of care: the discipline ethics or virtue and discipline for the development of correct understanding, lucid vision and wisdom. Virtue impedes apply care with bad purpose and wisdom teaches us to pay attention to the service of good thoughts and feelings. There is a proper care and other improper. It is not very attentive a torturer, a kamikaze, an executioner or simply a thief? But it is undue attention, arising from the absence of virtue and wisdom.

In the teachings of Buddha, the emphasis is placed on growing attention to acquire clarity which makes possible the desasimiento, detachment, the vision of the transitory, the ego control and human improvement. No attachment, competition, the cult of personality, selfishness, power over others, grasping and the cultivation of the personality mask. Not be more strong in business, nor improve the ability to dominate and manipulate, or be brighter than the others to intensify own narcissism. All that is very American, of course, but it is the polar opposite of the real vipassana and satipathana shown by the Buddha and the great teachers of humanity.

There are many books about the care that pale next to them that any serious person should read about the subject, and are The heart of Buddhist meditation and The power of attention, my admired friend Nyanapoika Thera and he often went to interview at his shrine in Kandy (Lanka). They have been faithful and masterfully translated by Almudena Hauríe Mena, to avoid that "the translator is a traitor".

Attention is the lighthouse, filter and custodian of the mind, a gem among gems, a light on the path towards the outside and the journey to the inside, but attention there is to put it at the service of conscious evolution and humanize us, and not of involution and dehumanization.

Calle Ramiro

RamiroCalleMore than 50 years has been Calle Ramiro teaching yoga. He began teaching at home and created an Academy of yoga correspondence for all Spain and Latin America. In January of l971 opened its Yoga Center Shadak, that have already passed more than half a million people. His 250 published works include more than fifty devoted to yoga and related disciplines. He has made Yoga the purpose and sense of his life, having traveled a hundred times to India, the homeland of yoga.

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