Beyond Mindfulness

All spiritual masters and their teachings continuously focus on 'awareness', 'witnessing', 'mindfulness' and suggestion to 'live in present'. After thinking and practicing, 'awareness', 'witnessing', 'mindfulness' and 'art of living in present'; a question definitely strikes in mind that, what’s next? What to do after witnessing everything, as it is not necessary that what we witness we certainly like. Many things from what we had witnessed are unpleasant and far away from our will and wish.

‘Nathaniel Branden’ once said,

"The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance."

In what context he said is not known, as he was a psychologist not spiritual master but his words answer the above said complex spiritual question. Perception depends from person to person, however things are said in one particular context may be amazingly suitable to others. Here it suits in much comprehensive way because spirituality has a deep relationship with psychology. Spirituality and psychology both deals with state of mind.

Accepting things as they are, is like falling in unconditional love. All the teachings of Indian mystic ‘Kabir’ is only about unconditional love. He said to fall in love without changing your present form. Starting from the most little thing to universe, love them for what they are. This is not possible without accepting their true form. Mystics always see the things from third perspective. For them every incident of nature is full of beauty, for them this beauty is enough for falling in love. They love nature and accept its every act.

In this journey of pure love, alteration has no place. If someone alters things then it is not demand of spirituality, but is demand of material pleasure. A Zen story shows the true form of unconditional love.

A priest was in charge of the garden within a famous Zen temple. He had been given the job because he loved flowers, shrubs, and trees. Next to the temple, there was another, small temple where there lived a very old Zen master. One day, when the priest was expecting some special guests, he took extra care in tending to the garden. He pulled the weeds, trimmed the shrubs, combed the moss, and spent a long time meticulously raking up and carefully arranging all the dry autumn leaves. As he worked, the old master watched him with interest from across the wall that separated both the temples.

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