How Our Mindfulness Helps Others

[youtube]http://youtu.be/ntCMy2NUvOo[/youtube] If we want to help others, what’s the best way to go about it? Where do we begin? Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche tells us how our mindfulness can make a real difference for others, as well as for ourselves.

In Rebel Buddha: A Guide to a Revolution of Mind, Rinpoche says that “mindfulness is your ally,” and then gives these simple and direct pointers about how to practice mindfulness:

“For any kind of training to work, we have to be present in a conscious state. Our mind has to be there with our body. So one of the first things we learn is the practice of mindfulness. This is simply the practice of bringing ourselves fully into the present moment and continuing to bring ourselves back to it whenever we notice we’ve drifted away. So we have two things at play here: one is our awareness of being in the present, and the other is the mindfulness that sees us leaving the present and brings us back. If we’re to stay focused in the present moment and conscious of our fresh experience, we need to be both mindful and aware.”

Teacher-students-peaceful-classroomRinpoche continues,

“The act of bringing your mind into the present is an act of self-discipline. The tendency of mind to move this way and that, from the present to the past, from the past to the future and back again, is brought to a halt. It’s like when the bell rings at the beginning of class and the teacher calls the students to order. For a moment, all the chaos is dispelled, and there are a few precious seconds of quiet and simple, unified attention. Like small children, the mind has trouble remaining still for very long. It gets restless and starts to fidget. Any teacher will tell you that no learning can take place while kids are squirming in their seats. It’s the same when we’re training our mind. We need to remind ourselves to be present and pay attention.”

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