Mindfulness and *Not* Following The Heart
Updated: Aug 30
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Over the last several years I've found that I enjoy the daily practice of meditation and mindfulness. I feel happier and more focused since I started a routine of meditating twice every day. I've also discovered that I embrace - and love - Buddhist principles; especially the simple goal to always focus on kindness, compassion, and integrity in life. Or, just trying to be a better person.
Last night while reading on mindfulness, I came across this great spin on an old saying:
... contrary to some popular beliefs, our aim should be not to follow the heart but to train the heart.
This phrase is from Ajahn Sumedho, one of the senior Western monks of the Thai Forest tradition - quoted by Joseph Goldstein in his wonderful book titled "Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening" (available on Amazon in paperback, hard cover and Kindle formats).
Goldstein reinforces the idea throughout the book, and adds this sentence right after quoting the phrase:
The great power of mindful discernment allows us to abandon what is unwholesome and to cultivate the good.
All of this resonates a lot for me. I find myself making these sort of adjustments (or maybe corrections is a better word) nearly every day, and multiple times on most days.