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  • Writer's pictureEllen Curtis

Remember Your Infinity

On the Foundation of Mindfulness

Observing the body as body, observing feeling as feeling, observing the mind as mind, and observing mental phenomena as mental phenomena, are the four key points that The Buddha, the Exalted One, expresses to the bhikkhus, the Theravada Buddhist monks, on page 43 of the Early Buddhist Discourses, edited and translated by John J. Holder. I find it interesting that these facets are elucidated as a solid and reliable pathway to mindfulness, almost directly referring to these components in such a way as to convey a mind/body/spirit/heart connection. Regarding mental phenomena, The Exalted One notes the monk would benefit from living a life eliminated of “both the desire for and despair over the world.” It is clear to me that, in order to achieve Enlightened Consciousness, in a fully awake and nondoing and completely and utterly peaceful state of being, one must enter a newfound, paradigmatically different and fundamentally conflict-mentality-free and nonattachment-fueled sense of awareness. Nirvana is thus realized vis-a-vis the gateway handiwork of a well-fledged subconscious mind, indwelling with it an infinitude of knowledge and virtue, a heart of feeling in a freedom-based growth pattern, a physical presence-essence of purity and personal and private sanctification, and a self that is only its own within the radiant context of the anatman that is One with that which is Light and focus and limitlessness and only temporal within this rather confining ephemeral experience called earthly life. 💜

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