I notice western mindfulness practitioners are quite often trying so hard to attain some special state of mind with in-depth cognitive reasoning.
I am often puzzled.
Mindfulness practice would not require any stiffness, rather it is like fluid and flow… there is no tension.
Japanese cultural norms and traditions are different from the West, this may be the reason why I have this observation. This is not a criticism, but pure observation.
Also our practice does not end sitting meditation, it is a way of living life… extending into our daily life with openness and connectedness with nature. Rather effortless by comparison.
With relaxed and calm energy, one would become able to handle stress better with presence.
We are life energy, within our body and surroundings, by emitting energy around us, we are all inter connected and influence each other.
The sixth article on the principle underlying Mindfulness practice will be delivered on Tuesday, the 30th. Hope you will find the article useful.