Sunday, June 6, 2010

Let it RAIN everyday

A while back, a friend sent me an email article on mindfulness. It is very well written and it teaches how mindfulness help us in our daily lives and how to use it when we are face with problems.

I cannot find the email but here is a summary which I hope may be useful to readers of this blog.

It is call RAIN, which means:





1) Realized that there is a feeling, thoughts, emotion that arises due to external event that came into contact with your 6 senses door.

2) Acknowledge those feeling, emotion etc. Do not push it away, the Buddha is known as a fearless warrior as he dares to face his inner demons. You can do it as well, just take some practice and of course, don't jump into the deep end of the pool when you cannot swim (i.e. start small first).

3) Investigate what is the causes of those feeling, emotion etc. It is unlikely, as you will find, that it was due to external event. Sooner or later you will know that how you think, feel, and react are due to your internal interpretation.

4) Neutralize - This is the most interesting part, as soon as you know for sure, truly know, understand, accept and let go. You will find that you will return to the middle path. No more being at the far end of your thoughts, emotion, feeling etc.

Ok, that is all I can remember from the email and my experience. No matter how much I say it is useless unless you try it out and realized it yourself. Thus may I invite you to join me in this journey of self-discovery.

Don't worry, the Buddha and many of his students have did it before. Let us face the storm that is inside each of us and see things as it is.

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