Svabhavika – Mindfulness Practice
Living fully means living in alignment with our own intrinsic divine nature (svabhavika). This is the definition of health according to the siddha tantric traditions.
Why you should have regular mindfulness practice?
Well, for starters it is not just about mind. The roots of mindfulness practice are in ancient Buddhist tradition. The ‘mindfulness’ is translation of Sanskrit word, smṛti स्मृति (Pali: सति Sati). Smrti literally means, “to remember or to recollect.” The smṛti in deeper sense means “to remember that which is forgotten, or to have a recollection or recognize that which is already known.”
In Buddhist view recollection or recognition is the function of Chitta (चित्त). Chitta is also a Sanskrit word that is usually translated as ‘mind.’ The meaning of Chitta in classical text is more like “heart-mind”, as it includes feelings, sensations, intuition, thinking, cognition, sense of knowing, recollection or remembrance, and attention.
Chinese Buddhist scholars translated smṛti with the Chinese word nian 念. This Chinese character nian 念 is composed of jin 今 “now; this” and xin 心 meaning “heart-mind.
“Jon Kabat-Zinn defined mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.
”Holding attention purposefully without judgement in present moment is more like having a free and open heart-mind or “heartfulness.”
So, why you should have a regular mindfulness or smrti practice? And what is we are trying to remember or recollect?
Buddhist classics tell us that smrti practice is to cultivate clear perception and to recognize or remember our intrinsic divine nature (svabhavika).
There are also many health benefits to practicing mindfulness regularly. They include better sleep, lower blood pressure, improved cardiac conditioning, reduced pain, less digestive distress, hormone balance, manage mood swings, regulation of emotions, and you become less prone to stress-related diseases like migraines, hypertension, ulcers, and depression.
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Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu: “May all beings be happy and free”