Monday, September 05, 2005

The word "Sati" in worldly Thai and "Sati" in Pali is different.

"Sati" in Thai language: Consciousness is an ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and one's environment. This contrasts with being asleep or being in a coma.

"Sati" in Pali language: Mindfulness is non-egoistic alertness. To see all phenomena without references to concepts like 'me', 'my' or 'mine'.

For example, suppose there is pain in your left leg.
Ordinary consciousness would say, "I have a pain." And ordinary cognitive process will associate the stimuli with expereicnes and dramatic ability to enhance our thought to the particular stimuli.

Using Mindfulness, one would simply note the sensation as a sensation.
"There is a pain." You will try to see "what is actually there"/"What is actually happening?"

Mindfulness stops one from adding anything to perception, or subtracting anything from it. One does not enhance anything. One does not emphasize anything. One just observes exactly what is there - without distortion.

In conclusion:
(1) Mindfulness sees things as they really are, don't distort it with your thought process, just "see" it; and
(2) you will "see" the deep nature of all phenomena that everything is interconnected, everything has its causes and conditions, this is...because that is, and it's all changing, it's all impermanent and that impermanence is not a bad thing, just be aware of it, see it as a nature of all phenomena- or else how would a child grow?, how would a wheat become a bread? And
(3) Mindfulness will remind us of what we are supposed to be doing...once we are mindful and be non-ego alert, in that stillness of mind, we will act with compassion.


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