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    On Sep 25, 2016 david doane wrote:

    The awareness of which the author writes I think of as mindfulness.  For me, mindfulness is a detached observance of feelings and actions as they are occurring while I am involved in a situation.  Mindfulness is a kind of being in the world but not of it.  I think of meditation as my stopping or at least slowing down my mental activity by being silently aware of my internal experience in the moment as it/I am happening, holding on to nothing.  I think of meditation as silent internal awareness, and mindfulness as silent observing of my external behavior.  Both ultimately result in more freedom.  For me, in awareness or mindfulness I am observing my behavior and reactions, and my being detached gives me the freedom to make choices about if and how I will behavior including if and how I express my internal reaction.   A personal example is when I have felt angry, in being aware or mindful of that reaction I can choose to not express it in any conscious way.  Meditation  has helped me be less angry and more compassionate overall.  The practice of meditation has helped me bring mindfulness to the vast field of consciousness.  (I assume you mean "field of consciousness" and not "fiend of consciousness," which is an interesting slip.

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    On Sep 29, 2016 Somik Raha wrote:

    Dear David, 

    Thank you for that catch! We have corrected the typo. :)


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