Mindfulness & Self Enquiry
The use of Mindfulness theory and practice has become very popular within psychology settings over recent years. Mindfulness originates from the tradition of ancient Buddhism. Monks learnt to pay attention to the present moment, observing the mind without getting involved in the content of what the mind was presenting to them.
Mindfulness increases awareness, clarity and acceptance of our present-moment reality. Mindfulness does not conflict with any beliefs, religions or traditions. The theory and practice of Mindfulness helps to train our attention, to take more control over our thinking patterns.
The way that mindfulness is being taught and used within Addy’s sessions differs somewhat from the traditional use of Mindfulness within therapeutic context. The common approach to using Mindfulness within therapeutic context is to practise meditation. During these meditation practices people learn to sit quietly each day and pay attention in each moment with full intentionality and with friendly interest. Contrary to common belief, the meditation practice is not about clearing the mind of unhelpful patterns. Instead, the purpose of meditation practice is to learn to become aware of the mind’s patterns.
Addy’s approach to Mindfulness links in with the Advaita/Vedanta tradition of self-enquiry, also sometimes referred to as non-dualism. Instead of just learning to observe the thoughts, as is tradition within mindfulness meditation classes, Addy’s method focusses on gaining insight into the nature and origin of the thoughts. By gaining insight into the nature and origin of thoughts, the intrusive thoughts lose their power and eventually become meaningless. The end result is a greater sense of inner peace that is not conditional to having to sit in meditation for hours.
Addy has followed the (pathless) path of non-dualism for over 7 years. Teachers that have greatly influenced her over these years are: Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Papaji, Mooji, and Rupert Spira.