1. View → Perspective
2. Thought → Imaging
3. Speech → Communication
4. Action → Movement
5. Livelihood → Lifestyle
6. Effort → Practice
7. Mindfulness → Attention
8. Concentration → Collectedness
Meditation helps one let go of such difficult delusional states in life as fear, anger, tension, stress, anxiety, depression, sadness, sorrow, fatigue, condemnation, feelings of helplessness or whatever the catch of the day happens to be.
(Delusional here means taking things that arise personally and identifying with them to be “I”, “Me”, “Mine” or atta in Pali).
These states are the suffering that we cause to ourselves. This suffering comes from a lack of understanding how things actually occur.
The “6R’s” are steps which evolve into one fluid motion becoming a new wholesome habitual tendency that relieves any dis-ease in mind and body. This cycle begins when MINDFULNESS recollects the “6R’s” which are:
This (mindfulness) is very important. Before practicing the “6R’s” one has to REMEMBER to start the cycle! That’s the trick! Remembering to gas-up the engine, so it can run smoothly!
Sharpening the skill of mindfulness is the key
to simple and smooth meditation.
In summary, Mindfulness is very relevant to Buddhist meditation and daily life. The process of recollection keeps the 6 steps of the practice moving. Practicing this meditation as close to the description as possible will lighten all of life’s experiences.
A very similar practice was most likely taught to people in the time of the Buddha. The remarkable results of doing the meditation in this way are “immediately effective” for anyone who diligently and ardently embraces these instructions. When one has an attachment arise this practice will eventually dissolve the hindrance, but it does take persistent and constant use of the “6R’s” to have this happen.
When one practices in this way, because it is found to be so relevant in daily life, it changes one’s perspective and leads us to a more successful, happy, and peaceful experience.
Developing mindfulness, knowledge and wisdom grow naturally as one sees HOW things work by witnessing the impersonal process of dependent origination. This leads to a form of happiness the Buddha called “Contentment”. Contentment is the by-product of living the Buddhist practice. This meditation leads to equanimity, balance and dissolution of fear and other dis-eases. With less fear and dread one finds new confidence. Then Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity grow in our lives.
The practitioner’s degree of success is directly proportional to how well they understand mindfulness, follow the precise instructions, and use the “6R’s” practice in both the sitting practice and in one’s daily life.
This is the way to the end of suffering.
It’s interesting and fun to practice this way and certainly it helps one smile while changing the world around them in a positive way..