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Book Giveaway: Mindfulness in Action

Book coverChögyam Trungpa’s Mindfulness in Action is a warm and open guide to discovering a secular approach to meditation and about how the practice and experience of mindfulness can affect our everyday lives.

Not only does Mindfulness in Action provide meditation guides to help you begin your journey, but it looks at the deeper questions that often cause practitioners to plateau in their practice. With the distilled teachings of one of the great masters of our time as a resource, the reader can ask those difficult questions and know they will have help in working through them.

To celebrate the release of Mindfulness in Action, we are giving away 5 copies! To enter, comment on this post reflecting on:

What is mindfulness in action to you?

We will be choosing the winners on April 3rd at 12pm EST.

Congrats to our winners!

Navreet: “It means that in my daily life as a mother, friend, sister, etc, I am completely present and aware when my children are telling me a really LONG story about their day and I don’t rush them through it, when my cousin-sister is telling me about the pain she is going through with her parents’ aging problems and I really listen without interrupting, when my husband is telling me the same story for the umpteenth time and I don’t act annoyed, and I really enjoy laughing with friends when we’re laughing instead of thinking about what to say next.”

Marlene: “It’s taking a homeless person to eat rather than flipping a Toonie in their empty cup.”

Amy: “I recall Acharya Adam Lobel giving a talk at the Being Brave gathering in Halifax a few years ago. He posed a question to the crowd of about 800 people, something to the effect of : ” What happens if we all just sit on our cushions, cultivating mindfulness and peace for ourselves, while out there, the world around us burns?” For me, this imagery, this idea captured the essence of mindfulness in action. It is stepping out into a world that is burning, knowing what the situation truly is, and meeting it with a fearless confidence in one’s ability to act in a way that will be of benefit. It is knowing that you do not fight fire with fire, but with water.
Some days that means playfully diffusing a conflict between my children. Some days it is working to shift tides of systemic injustice. Some days it is touching and being touched by the full scope of human feeling in my heart and in the hearts of all of us, and acting from that with as much gentle sanity as I can muster. Mindfulness in Action is so simple and yet so vast. And it strikes me as what our world needs now, more than anything.”

Jess and Judee: “Income is very limited, for me, as I am swimming in the medical costs for treating a loved one who has very serious health problems. But, I would love to have one of Trugyam Trungpa’s lovely books.”

Nui: “Attentive to what I am doing right now. For example, I usually bake cookies and one of them is Snowballs which I have to use my 2 hands to make each of them as ball shape. Every balls is made carefully with mindfulness to enjoy the touch of my hands to dough after inserting macadamia nut inside the ball. I always practice my meditation through this action and Sometimes I call them miracle balls.”

Thank you all for your comments. Please come back soon for more giveaways!

243 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: Mindfulness in Action

  1. Most people live on autopilot, directed by layers of neurosis and habitual patterns; when we step off the cushion, applying mindfulness in action, we have the choice to wake up to our world, we begin to enjoy the dance of life, amidst the madness and the flowers.

    As TS.Eliot said
    “The end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time”

  2. Mindfulness or shamatha, the development of peace, begins with meditation on the cushion, but with daily practice begins to permeate all of life’s activities so that that attentive presence becomes 24/7.

  3. The more I try to concentrate on mindfulness, the more I am grasping for it. As a result, the more fleeting it is. It is like trying to catch a butterfly rather than just appreciating it’s beauty and observing it. Each moment we have is no different. We cannot catch it and hold it. We can only watch it and appreciate it for the beauty that it holds. Even through anger and tears, the moment is beautiful because it is all there is. Mindfulness is just being. It is very simple, yet we have trained ourselves, and been conditioned through no fault of our own, to believe it is difficult and takes so much effort. That is not true. To be un-mindful is not our natural state of being, we are actually working harder when we pull ourselves away from our mindfulness than we are just being in it.

  4. Mindfulness in action is not forgetting where I put my keys when I come in the door, because my anxious mind ( and bladder) is already onto the next thing, like heading to the bathroom……….(smile)

  5. mindfulness in action for me is being present when I put down my keys as I come in the door, while my anxious mind (and bladder!) are on the way to the bathroom (smile)…..may I remeber where I put my keys, and not suffer the search for them

  6. Being mindful towards myself means forgiving myself for the moments in which I am not mindful at all. Being mindful towards others means forgiving others for the moments in which they too are not mindful. There is a great tendency for people to believe that mindfulness is the path towards happiness. Happiness then becomes an idea, a lofty goal or achievement, an always state.

    However, mindfulness is a nebulous experience. Words never do justice to life. One can only describe a vivid moment; one cannot feel it again. Mindfulness isn’t some grandiose process, and neither is it perfect, it’s counterbalanced by letting go and holding in. Mindfulness isn’t just letting go. It’s both. To be mindful is to not be mindful.

  7. Mindfulness in action to me can be a lot of things. As a yoga practitioner I consider yoga my mindfulness in action. Moving with mindfulness of the breath and body at the same moment and holding my attention on moving into the asana and the point where the breath and the asana change. Any moment where my attention is purposefully on one thing and I don’t notice any other thoughts is mindfulness in action. Maintaining that focus and clarity without distraction.

  8. How I practice mindfulness in action is focusing on the raisin when I’m eating it, washing the dishes or sweeping the floor while I am aware of breathing and appreciating the task at hand; It is facilitating a brainstorming session and being aware of the energy and body language so that I can adjust accordingly; it is sitting and being mindful of the thoughts swirling, the city noises – it is being mindful moment to moment, feeling balanced and grounded so that l’ll be fine for whatever irritation or crisis that comes my way.

  9. Mindfulness means being aware of the thoughts that accompany, or often precede, every action that we take in our lives.

  10. Mindfulness has always been more of a thinking experience, my intellect saying, “yes, I’m right here in this present moment”. Now, my understanding is more this: embodying each moment as it presents itself to me. So, for instance, planting in my garden, there’s a recognition of the body on the ground, aware of the position of the body to plant the bulbs. I’m not “thinking” the present moment, I’m attending to it, being present with my whole body/mind and spirit.

  11. Mindfulness means being totally present to yourself and others so you are aware of what is going on inside and outside of yourself, so you can be careful of those around you.

  12. On this very Holy Friday eve, christian imageries of saints “self whipping” pop up …as if an act of passage towards vigilance. Beyond self infliction or punishment, mindfulness is about kindly tending the flame while ingeniously using our polarities as potentiel sparks.

  13. Mindfulness has helped me accept my having Parkinson’s Disease. Every four hours my alarm sounds, reminding me to take my Parkinson’s medication. The disease slowed me down. Mindfulness gives me an appreciation for life including the disease.

  14. Mindfulness for me, allows me to observe the whole that I am in the moment. A cloud in suspension to the world around me that I am intimately part of fully. When I arise in the morning to be open, When I lay down into my bed as I live my life into all its mystery; When I take that first bite of a fresh pea pod during my lunch meal.

  15. Being aware of thoughts/emotions that wells up in your mind each moment and /or being fully aware of the activity your are engaged in.

  16. This comment is drawing in my own thoughts. I was just thinking of the change that mindfulness can help me with. I often feel like I was punishing myself in an overbearing chore with all of my faults. I can attest this to be many I am discovering a turn of view to a more positive light. I belive this will be do usful to so many.

  17. For me, it’s using stolen moments – sitting at a stoplight, listening to someone ranting during a meeting, etc. LOTS of chances for mindfulness every day!

  18. Mindfulness in action is understanding that mindfulness is a 24/7 practice. We cultivate mindfulness in (relative) stillness while sitting because it is simpler that way. If we space out and lose contact with mindfulness while sitting in the meditation hall, not too many bad things can happen. When we’re in action, however, taking care of a baby or a young toddler, or crossing a busy intersection, driving a car, conducting a tense business negotiation, visiting a dying friend, spacing out and losing contact with mindfulness can have severe and life-threatening consequences. We need to be mindful in action. We need to be alert. We need to know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, both in the functional sense as well as in the deepest spiritual sense. Why are we spending time with these people? working this job? eating this food? Mindfulness in action aligns us with our deepest purpose and values. It’s like a giant magnet. All of our small actions that make up each day are like metal filings that cluster around and line up with the magnet and its field. Life becomes simple, clear, and usually much happier and more cheerful when we practice mindfulness in action throughout all our waking moments, to the extent that we can.

  19. Mindfullness is being in the “Now”… no thoughts of the past or future, but the ever-present Now… like a child playing… with no judgements or deep observances… just the simple actions within the Now. Very simple. Being Now 😉

  20. Mindfulness to me is meeting the phenomenological dance of inter-being with equanimity and compassion.

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