The senses and the mind are instruments of knowledge that receives knowledge of the external world. Eastern Wisdom works as an instrument of knowledge to receive knowledge, beyond and behind the mind to discover our true nature. The discovery of our true nature is the subject and goal of mindfulness.
The mind, by default, is always moving outside in search of peace and happiness but fails to find in people, place, objects, and events. We marry for happiness and divorce for happiness; we like one thing and then dislike it. The mind is continuously working in pairs of opposites, i.e. likes and dislikes, hate and love, victor and defeat and profit and loss. Because these pairs of opposites belong to the world, not to the mind, the mind needs to be disciplined and educated before mindfulness succeeds.
The masters of Eastern Wisdom say that right knowledge of our true nature, clear understanding free from doubts, regular practice with wisdom and learning from experiences are the four standard steps to learn and succeed in any mindfulness.
The masters say that there is an entity beyond and behind the mind, is the source of permanent happiness, peace, love, and wisdom. The current state of mind cannot approach it, because it subjected by wind of dualities, conflicts, and confusions. These issues cause distractions, anxiety, attachment, and obsession. The novice should educate by simple steps daily to move the mind within:
Being comfortable and carefree
This step engages the mind to remain passive, watchful, aware, and attentive after sitting with eyes closed.
When we sit with the intent of doing nothing, we experience how the mind makes body uncomfortable. We can allow the body to feel comfortable with adjustment and alignment. At the same we watch influx of thoughts in mind, like one stand across the road and watch the traffic. It helps the mind to separate itself from thoughts moving in and out of mind.
The breath awareness is misunderstood with the focus on the breath. The breath awareness means we are aware of the moving breath, feeling the sensation of the breath at the tip of nose and keep attention that there is no change in the rate of breath. Any change of breath is associated with the default mind, may cause distractions and habitual response.
It is essential to become aware of the breath in the state of the body that is comfortable and the mind carefree.
Sensation and stillness in the body
When we maintain the natural state of being comfortable and carefree and awareness of breath, we start experiencing the sensation and stillness in the body. The sensation deepens and stillness as if coming from inside indicates that mind is moving within, beyond the world of pairs of opposites. The three-step practice of discipline and educate the mind if done regularly for four weeks under the supervision of a teacher who helps manage and minimize the challenges seeker faces during the journey.