So, mindfulness, you can define it as the kind of energy that allows us to be aware of what is happening in the here and the now, in our body, in our feelings, in our mind, and in the world which is the object of our mind. In the Buddhist tradition, we always try to remember that the world is the object of our mind. Our mind and the world form a perception, subject of a perception and object of a perception.
The world is the object of our mind, or the projection of our mind. So, the world depends on the state of our mind. David Bohm said, "The way we see depends on the way we think". There are two kinds of the world, namely the outside world and the inside world.
< Outside world >
non-calm mind (wavy water) ⇒ can't reflect = illusion
calm mind (still water: mirror) ⇒ can reflect = reality
The outside world is the illusion if our mind is not calm. That's because our mind can't reflect the outside reality as it is. It's like wavy water in the pond.
The outside world is the reality if our mind is calm. That's because our mind can reflect the outside reality as it is. It's like still water in the pond, or a mirror.
< Inside world >
non-clear mind (dirty water) ⇒ can't see through = illusion
clear mind (clear water) ⇒ can see through = reality
The inside world is the illusion if our mind is not clear. That's because we can't see through the inside reality as it is. Our mind is like dirty water in the pond.
The inside world is the reality if our mind is clear. That's because we can see through the inside reality as it is. Our mind is like clear water in the pond.
Therefore, we need to have clear and calm mind in order to touch the true nature of reality. The method to have clear and calm mind is mindfulness, concentration and insight taught by the Buddha and Thay.
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