What Does It Mean To Live The Mindful Life?

Via on May 7, 2011

In point of fact, the mindful life is nothing special. It is “a selfless awareness, a spiritual liberty and lightness and freedom which transcends all special psychological states and is ‘no-state’ at all.

The life of contemplation in action and purity of heart is, then, a life of great simplicity and inner liberty. One is not seeking anything special or demanding any particular satisfaction. One is content with what is. One does what is to be done, and the more concrete it is, the better. One is not worried about the results of what is done. One is content to have good motives and not be too anxious about making mistakes. In this way one can swim with the living stream of life and remain at every moment in contact with God, in the hiddenness and ordinariness of the present moment with its obvious task.” ~from The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation by Thomas Merton

Below is a remarkable video… It isn’t very stimulating, but it is an incredible story that points toward the basic experience of meditation—the experience which precedes all belief or explanations, including Christian and Buddhist doctrine.

Christian and Buddhist Mysticism: Thomas Merton and Chatrul Rinpoche

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About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist & Christian spirituality and politics for The Good Men Project, Elephant Journal, The Web of Enlightenment, and is the editor & chief for Henry Harbor--an online magazine concerned with art, culture, spirituality, & politics in the deep South. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Looking for a real bio? Click here to read my story....

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