relax and be aware--MINDFULNESS MEDITATION FOR CLARITY, CONFIDENCE, AND WISDOM
This book was gifted to me by my sister-in-law before I flew off to Beijing to commence my expatriate life for the second time in 2021 January. It has a profound helpful approach to mindfulness training in the aspect of focusing on “the states of mind wherever we are, Relax and Be Aware is an invitation to well-being and freedom.”
The Buddha called the vital quality of inquiry in the mind dhamma vicaya, which means a mind that naturally investigates reality. "It is a mind that studies itself by asking questions to discover what is happening and why it is happening. The mind wants to know the nature of the mind and body.
Ask yourself questions! How does the wholesome or unwholesome quality make you feel? What thoughts arise in the mind? How does what you think affect the way you feel? How does what you feel affect the way you think? What is the attitude behind the thoughts? How does any of this change the way you perceive pain?"
Never get discouraged when you lose awareness. Every time you recognize that you have lost awareness, be happy. The fact that you have recognized that you lost awareness means that you are now aware. Just keep looking at this process of losing and regaining awareness and learn from it."