Repeated Phrase A is part of the FitMind Meditation Program. On this session we'll be doing sitting strong determination, trying your best not to move.
Here’s an easily overlooked area of mental training. By “principles” I’m not referring to your views on immigration and abortion – that’s politics. I’m not even necessarily talking about giving to charity. What I’m talking about is how do you treat your waiter or Uber driver. Are you honest with yourself and others? Does your livelihood exploit people or make their lives better?
Our society often shies away from discussions of values and morality because that belongs to the “religious sphere.” But deep down, everyone knows what’s right (and even if you don’t in a particular situation, then it’s the motivation or intention that matters). And when you go against those implicit inner principles, you know you’ve done something wrong and must carry that burden around.
Then, when you sit down to meditate, that behavior will likely come back up in some form. There’s a reason that eastern traditions stressed values so heavily when training the mind, and it wasn’t because of belief in an afterlife. Immoral behavior creates a restless mind – just watch for yourself. When your mind is racing a million miles an hour the thoughts are often driven by lust, fear, greed, jealousy, etc.
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]