Teaching Tools for Mindfulness Training

through the mind-body-spirit web service provider, TucsoNet.com
in the Old Pueblo, Tucson, Arizona
in a broad and still-fertile valley of the Sonoran Desert
on the planet Earth

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mindfulness (Buddhism)
awakened presence (Christian mysticism)
awareness (Humanism)
being in the here and now (many approaches)
ala iki o kahuna (Hawaiian tradition, "awake on the narrow path
of the hidden secret")
stopping the world and seeing (Toltec sorcery)
phenomenology (Edmund Husserl)
self-remembering (G.I. Gurdjieff)
love (Martin Buber)
the language of being (Carl Rogers)
en-light-enment (with a small "e")
the awakened state (classical and spiritual mystical traditions)
dwelling in the inward experience of aware presence

A mindfulness training school on the web . . . . .

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This is a school for people who may have heard about mindfulness, or awareness, or presence, but for whom this is still a somewhat vague or uncertain experience. They may know many interesting concepts about it, or have read many interesting books about it, yet they may not be sure if they have had the actual experience of it on their own, first-hand.

Or else, they *are sure* that they would really like to find out how-to-do-it in simple, modern, and ecumenical or secular terms (which nevertheless honor the ethical foundations of spiritual approaches to the learning of this experience, as well).

This can also be a fertile place to hang around in for awhile for those people who are already experienced and practicing mindful awareness. It provides many innovative ideas for experiential exercises that are both practical and fun to do, and may be worth checking out--for variety's sake--in any practitioner's practice.

There are many conceptual teachings to be found here, which can be helpful in understanding the many uses of mindfulness in modern life, and the ways it can be cultivated and proliferate in one's daily experience (that is, how to remember it more often, in the midst of life, and be able to remain dwelling in it for longer periods). And there are conceptual teachings here that show--in very practical terms--how one can use this awakened state of consciousness to intentionally harmonize relationships with other people that one knows, as well as to attain inner peace more easily and more often while the frequently upsetting events of daily life are going by.

But these conceptual teachings are not the heart of what is to be found here. That is the ability to recognize, first of all, what mindful awareness is, from the direct experience of it. And then it is learning the ability to become able to practice it--in ways that you feel at home with, and ways that fit right in with the *ordinary* life that you are already having (hence, ways that don't take any extra time in your busy life or make you have to go anywhere else than where you already are).

In doing this, one can shift, or transform one's life--when one remembers to--into ways that are quite *extra-ordinary,* into ways that the loving masters teach and write about from their own experiences of the awakened state. (Learning how to love is an integral part of this process--maybe you've got it already--because this actually makes room for more and more mindful awareness to *get in* over the years--a process well-worth starting (this is the only claim we will make).

And all of this can apply directly--if you like it--to the family you have and the home you live in, the job you work at, the arts and skills you practice, the healing you may do, the creative work you may do, even the places you go to for recreation and entertainment--and to the relationships you have with all of those people that you know.

Taking the trainings that are found here does not mean leaving behind any of the teachings or practices that you have cherished. This approach is designed to honor all approaches, and to harmonize, as a subtext, with any. There is nothing to join here. There is no credo to adopt, except that of loving one's neighbors, as one may become honestly able to, and as one is freely willing to do (this can be a discovery sometimes in mindful awareness, and even catch one by surprise in contentious circumstances when one might least expect it).

There is nothing to be believed. Although the conceptual teachings that are offered here can be very useful for those who like them, they are just another model, after all. And the map is not the territory, as they say. There are so many good maps around, and this is just a simple one for beginners. But this map is not to be believed. The heart of this training is learning to wake up and be able to see, on your own, experientially, whatever is simple, obvious and apparent for *you.* Then you don't have to believe in anything that is written down here. In the final analysis, although it is subtle, there is nothing mysterious about this training. It is just a matter of catching on.

The coaches that you will meet at this website school, are dedicated--not to getting people to follow any particular paths, including our own!--but simply to help those people who would like to, in catching on to the experience of mindful awareness. We'd like to help people be able to see if they like it or not-- and also to show a few characteristic ways that this awakened state of consciousness can be useful as a practical tool in modern life and a help in having more happiness and peace, as well as more skill in the things that one likes and loves the most to do.

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