We are your greatest gift to ourselves and our greatest challenge

Do not let anyone define you by how you are treated.
Those who behave in an hurtful or injust way are the ones in need of help.
Your purpose is to be happy and create happiness around you
This is achieved with Love.

MINDFULNESS TRAINING, A HUMAN’S JOURNEY 

Mindfulness First Law: It is attention to the present with calmness and alertness without judgement.

Mindfulness Second Law: It is non-negligence of what needs to be said or done to show understanding and compassion. 

Mindfulness Third Law: It is a commitment not to avoid or close our eyes before suffering, (injustice).

Mindfulness Fourth law: It is the memory of which we are without blame

Mindfulness Fifth law: It is the search of ourselves in others and the recognition of others within us.

Mindfulness Sixth Law: It is non-superficial awareness. It seeks answers deeply, beyond concepts, appearances, and opinions.

Mindfulness Seventh Law: It is the knowing that suffering is caused by intolerance, attachment to views and wrong perceptions, and the imposition of our views on others.

Mindfulness Eighth Law: It is a reverence for life and the recognition that true happiness is rooted in peace.

Mindfulness Ninth Law: It is the practice of reconciliation and acknowledgement.

Mindfulness Tenth Law: It is the practice of total honesty and the surrender to greater truths than we are.

Mindfulness Eleventh Law: It is a just livelihood. We will do our best to select a livelihood that contributes to the wellbeing of all species on earth and helps realize our ideal of understanding and compassion. We will not invest in or purchase from companies that contribute to the depletion of natural resources, harm the earth, or deprive others of their chance to live.

Mindfulness Twelfth Law: It is the practice of Non-Violence. We are determined to cultivate compassion, the insight of interbeing in our daily lives, the promotion of peace education, mindful mediation, reconciliation within families, communities, ethnic and religious groups, nations, and the world. We are committed not to kill and not to let others kill. We will not support any act of killing in the world, in our thinking, or in our way of life. We will diligently practice deep looking with our Sangha to discover better ways to protect life, prevent war, and build peace.

Mindfulness Thirteenth Law: It is the cultivating of generosity in our way of thinking, speaking, and acting. We will practice loving kindness by working for the happiness of people, animals, plants, and minerals, and sharing our time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need. We are determined not to steal and not to possess anything that should belong to others. We will respect the property of others, but will try to prevent others from profiting from human suffering or the suffering of other beings.

Mindfulness Fourteenth Law: It is True Love. Aware that sexual desire is not necessarily love, and that sexual relations motivated by craving cannot dissipate the feeling of loneliness but will create more suffering, frustration, and isolation, we are determined not to engage in sexual relations without mutual understanding, love, and a deep long-term commitment made known to our family and friends. Seeing that body and mind are one, we are committed to learning appropriate ways to take care of our sexual energy and to cultivating loving kindness, compassion, joy and inclusiveness for our own happiness and the happiness of others. We must be aware of future suffering that may be caused by sexual relations. We know that to preserve the happiness of ourselves and others, we must respect the rights and commitments of ourselves and others. We will do everything in our power to protect children from sexual abuse and to protect couples and families from being broken by sexual misconduct. We will treat our bodies with compassion and respect. We are determined to look deeply into the Four Nutriments and learn ways to preserve and channel our vital energies (sexual, breath, spirit) for the realization of our bodhisattva ideal. We will be fully aware of the responsibility of bringing new lives into the world, and will regularly meditate upon their future environment.

It is a way of life; it is a journey…

Adapted from ”Mindfulness in Plain English” by Venerable Henepola Gunaratana
And the “Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings” by the Charlotte Community of Mindfulness 

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