This week we return to the second
of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness
, a theme initially highlighted in our previous news post: Summer of Insights: Mindfulness of the Body
.Insight Through Sensations
First, with the Mindfulness of the Body practices guided by Matthieu Ricard
, we reflect on the body to relax and ground ourselves in physical presence. This provides the necessary grounding
to progress to a second more subtle mindfulness practice directed to our sensations that can be explored with the Mindfulness of Sensations course.
Learning to apply mindfulness to sensations is beneficial. Our mind consists of an endless series of thoughts and feelings feeding on our presence.
Try to investigate the very nature of sensations. Isn't it the same awareness that perceives them all without being affected by them? Try to find out.
The challenge with a (strong) attachment to sensations and feelings is that everything around us is constantly changing, most of it being out of our control, but this is very difficult to recognize. Please see the advanced Mindfulness to Feelings
course by Dr Alan Wallace to continue progressing on your path.
The cultivation of discerning mindfulness is designed to yield greater insight into our own bodies and minds, our relationship with other people around us and the world at large.
The Role of Insight
The four key pillars of mindfulness—of the body, feelings, mental events, and all phenomena—are classic Vipashyana practices. To (re)reflect on cultivating Vipashyana and terms like ego, absolute truth, and emptiness, please explore Matthieu's Deeper Insight course
We have to deal with our mind from morning until night and our mind in the end determines the quality of every moment of our existence. If knowledge of the mind's true nature and mechanisms can decisively influence our quality of life, it is worth investigating. If we do not examine our own mind, if we fail to understand it, then we remain a stranger to ourselves.
Best wishes for your practice! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.Start the course here.With summer wishes
The Imagine Clarity team
Photo: Matthieu Ricard.