Excerpt About Mindfulness

Mindfulness & Concentration

Many teachings recognize the orientations of nondoing and no-goal because these reflect the condition of realization. The realized condition doesn’t have goals and doesn’t do anything to itself. Doing anything to change what is happening will interfere with being in the realized condition. It is paradoxical that nondoing is the heart of many practices, when practices are usually seen as something done by somebody. Some teachings practice nondoing as a sitting meditation. Other traditions consider every moment a nondoing practice. For instance, the highest yoga in Kashmiri Shaivism, called Anupaya Yoga, is a nondoing practice—when you walk, you walk; when you sit, you sit; when you eat, you eat; when you meditate, you meditate. You are not trying to change anything; you are not trying to reach anyplace.

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