2) Finding a Mindful State
Similar but a little different to Zazen, being in a mindful state can be when you’re still in action.
It’s to draw your thoughts to the present reality and to focus on what it is you’re doing. To wake up and feel grounded with your surroundings. It’s to forget worrying about your tasks you need to get done later in the day or what you will be doing in a month’s time. Focus on the present time.
The practice of mindfulness in itself isn’t difficult, but continuing to remain present in any moment does require awareness – of when your thoughts are not present or when you are being judgemental of your situation or surroundings, or your mind is elsewhere.
3) Cultivating Compassion
As the Dalai Lama said, compassion is an aspiration, not just a passive emotion. This is a big part of Buddhism learnings. To learn how to express compassion to the ones around us will give us a deeper sense of peace and happiness. It may be one of the most difficult things we learn, but it will be one worthwhile and will bring stronger bonds to relationships.
Perhaps the Dalai Lama says it best with this wise quote:
“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”