The Five Mindfulness Trainings
The five mindfulness trainings offer a down-to-earth method of practicing mindfulness in daily life.
They are one of the most concrete ways to practice mindfulness.
With mindfulness, we are aware of what is going on in our bodies, our feelings, our minds and the world, and we avoid doing harm to others and ourselves.
Mindfulness protects our families, our society and us.
The trainings are true practices of compassion and understanding.
The Five Mindfulness Trainings have been adapted and updated from the 5 Buddhist precepts so they are appropriate and relevant to today’s society.
Though they are based on the Buddhas teachings on the Nobel Eight Fold Path, they are offered without dogma or religion.
Everybody can use them as an ethical guideline for their life without becoming Buddhist.
The Mindfulness Trainings are not rules or commandments, imposed on us by an outside authority, but guidelines on how to lead a mindful and joyful life.
They encourage us in the direction of peace, joy and liberation and awakening.
They help us avoid making mistakes, which create suffering fear and despair.
When we are mindful, we can see that by refraining from doing one thing, we can prevent another thing from happening.
We arrive at our own unique insight.
They help us to think and act in ways that lead to healing, transformation, and happiness for ourselves and for the world.
When we first read the trainings they can seem daunting, intimidating and impossible to live by.
Please remember that the trainings paint a picture of an ideal balanced life and as such are impossible to practice perfectly.
We don’t use them to beat ourselves up with, instead we commit to contemplating and practicing them, exploring how to embody them, and how we inevitably fall short.
Our happiness lies not in being perfect, but in having a path to guide us through the challenges that life presents.
So be gentle with yourself as you try to make a beautiful life by following these guide line.
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