Ethics can be a really strong and potent mindfulness practice.
It can play a crucial role in any journey to increased self-worth and confidence.
It can also help us to get to grips with understanding our place in the world. And to adjust our behaviour and work on our mind.
Ethics is not really talked about in current ‘mindfulness circles. Not yet, anyway. But that does not mean it does not have a value.
Anyone who practices ethics will quite quickly come to see there is a direct link between ethical action and positive states of mind.
As Jon Kabat-Zinn points out:
“Some have expressed concerns that a sort of superficial ‘McMindfulness’ is taking over which ignores the ethical foundations of the meditative practices and traditions from which mindfulness has emerged, and divorces it from its profoundly transformative potential.”
Is ethics religious?
The mindfulness that we are talking about here is ethical. Ethical in relation to ourselves. Ethical in relation to others. And ethical in relation to the world.
But the ethics we are talking about here is not religious. There is no God or authority figure, no rules, and no punishment. Just a simple set of training principles designed to adjust behaviour and develop more positive states of mind.
The principles that are outlined are taken from Buddhism. But they are in no way ‘Buddhist’. You can read them, practise them if you wish, and see if they work.
How to proceed?
No one is forcing us to begin an ethical practice. No one will be upset if we don’t.
But if we are interested in looking at our actions – the way we live our life, and how these can be transformed to lead to greater happiness, ethical practice may just be what we need.
Because by practising ethics we break down the divide between us ‘as a separate individual’, and the world ‘out there’. And it is this divide that is the cause of much of our pain in this world.
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