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Mindfulness - take care of yourself, take care of your country

Sure there will be a lot of noise over the air waves from now until October 19th but I believe we must not lose sight of the power from within to choose what is in our best interests in the long term.

In Thich Nhat Hanh's book The Art of Power he lays out five spiritual powers - this is the power from within, a discipline to defend our selves from an unconscious manipulation from other powers.

They are:
  1. The Power of Faith
  2. The Power of Diligence
  3. The Power of Mindfulness
  4. The Power of Concentration
  5. The Power of Insight
I have Faith I am a being of integrity and that I have a right to be here. I don't have to be right all the time, or good all the time - I have the capacity to think about and learn from my mistakes and to observe the integrity of others.

Hanh says there are four aspects of Diligence: first - when negative emotions haven't manifested in your mind, you don't give them a chance to manifest; second - is calming and replacing negative seeds (anger, hate, fear, despair) in your conscious mind; third - is to always invite good seeds to manifest (love, forgiveness, joy, peace, happiness); fourth - is trying to keep a good mental formation such as compassion, joy, peace, by nurturing it.

"Mindfulness is the energy of being aware of what is happening in the present moment. When we have the energy of mindfulness in us, we are fully present, we are fully alive, and we live deeply every moment of our daily life."

The power of Concentration can lead to a breakthrough, to see deeply into the object of your focus. If we are suffering some ill-health, say a back ache, we can concentrate on that pain and perhaps link it to an emotional event that we have brushed aside.

The power of Insight "is a sword that cuts painlessly through all kinds of suffering, including fear, despair, anger, and discrimination." Hanh goes on to say that an insight is more than a notion and his key teaching is the insight of impermanence. 

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