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Fearlessness can Coexist with Fear

Gil Fronsdal

In meditation and in mindfulness practice, we are learning to replace fear with trust, not as an ideal or abstraction, but as a sense of self-confidence that arises from coming to know fear well. Many...

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48K reads, 18 comments

Using Attention in a New Way

Gil Fronsdal

One of the things we are trying to do here, is learn to pay attention to seeing what complicates our attention -- where we get caught, what makes it difficult. Because the place we get caught is also ...

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63K reads, 15 comments

Bringing Attention to Intention

Gil Fronsdal

The greater our awareness of intentions, the greater our freedom to choose. People who do not see their choices do not believe they have choices. They tend to respond automatically, blindly influenced...

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11K reads, 2 comments

Natural Unfolding

Gil Fronsdal

I believe that spiritual practice unfolds most smoothly when we find how to accord ourselves with nature. A useful metaphor for this is river. The river metaphor is expressive of a practice of accordi...

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7K reads

Being a Naturalist

Gil Fronsdal

In mindfulness meditation we learn to be present for things as they are. In doing so, it can be useful to assume the attitude of a naturalist. A naturalist simply observes nature without interfering ...

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6K reads

Intentions Are Seeds

Gil Fronsdal

While our activities have consequences in both the external and internal world, happiness and freedom belong to the inner world of our intentions and dispositions. [...] Mindfulness places us where o...

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12K reads, 4 comments