Mindfulness and Wisdom

Cleaning the Buddhist shrine © Marcelle HanselaarThis word ‘satisampajanna’ (mindfulness and wisdom) has an embracing quality about it. It doesn’t refer to discrimination like picking and choosing; it rather means ‘apperception’ or ‘apprehension’ and is what we call ‘intuition’. So an intuitive moment is not a rational moment; it isn’t a moment based on common sense and habitual ways of looking at things; it is rather based on an openness through being conscious, receptive and aware. Intuition, then, receives the reality of this moment, the here and now; it includes what is happening emotionally and physically, and it also includes those conditions which are impinging on one’s senses through the eyes, ears, nose, tongue and body. The value of this is that it is inclusive; it is not divisive. Words fail at this moment because intuitive awareness is to be recognized ― it is reality. And words themselves, even the most embracing concepts, can get in the way. That is why it isn’t a matter of defining or analysing, but of recognizing.

Ajahn Sumedho

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  1. Thank you for this. :) :) :) :) all smiles. This is so nice.

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