Excerpt About Mindfulness

Inquiry & Mindfulness

Inquiry is also intelligent in its application of mindfulness and concentration. Inquiry requires the global awareness of mindfulness without identification so you can see the entire situation you are working with in inquiry. As you take on the whole situation, you start recognizing patterns. As you see the patterns, the inquiry starts focusing and concentrating on where all the patterns lead. For a while, the direction in which the patterns are leading becomes an object of inquiry, which you address with intense concentration. But the inquiry is intelligent enough that even when it is concentrating, it is still mindful so that there will be feedback. As you focus on feeling love, for instance, and are investigating it, you might have all kinds of reactions and responses to that feeling arising. Without mindfulness, you will miss those things and won't take them into consideration as you investigate the state of love.

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