Embodied mindfulness

I first experienced Right Mindfulness on retreat in a Buddhist setting some 20 years ago.  Back then the eruption of mindfulness that has since swept through much of the western world hadn’t happened.  On the retreat Right Mindfulness was introduced and explored through the body as part of a larger map of ancient wisdom that gave guidance about how to live life skilfully, ethically, compassionately and with discernment.

At it’s most foundational Right Mindfulness can be what keeps the heart and mind steady when the winds of change blow strongly and we feel we are facing great challenges or unfamiliar territory.  Right Mindfulness can also be our return into relationship; with our self, our body, loved ones, the earth, because Right Mindfulness is based on intimacy.  An intimacy in the moment with what is actually happening, and this is relational.  And this is the territory of the heart.

Zen master Dogen Zenji said that enlightenment, or awakening, is the intimacy with the ten thousand things.  The ten thousand things being the world, life itself, this ‘I’ that I truly am. And this can be known right now, in this moment.

Meditation practice in a number of forms can hugely support the unfolding of Right Mindfulness, as can taking an open-hearted, non-judgemental look at how we live our life, the choices we make and seeing clearly what really matters to us.

Over the years I’ve worked with groups and individuals both inside and out on the land exploring Right Mindfulness.