MIDL Mindfulness Training offers you a systematic way of bringing the benefits of mindfulness meditation into your daily life
MIDL stands for Mindfulness in Daily Life.
MIDL is also a play on words and points towards the middle balance or ‘Middle Way’ (MIDL Way) as discussed by the Buddha in his first talk given on mindfulness meditation.
The MIDL meditator seeks to find the middle path within mindfulness meditation practice, by neither suppressing or avoiding any experience but rather by softening into and unifying within the experience itself. This path leads to the softening of attraction and aversion towards pleasant and unpleasant feeling and a seamless integration of mindfulness meditation into daily life.
WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
MIDL is a Buddhist Satipatthana Vipassana practice based on the discourse called the Satipatthana Sutta given by the Buddha over 2600 years ago. Translated, 'Sati' means mindfulness, 'Patthana' means a foundation or domain. So this can be understood as "The Foundations of Mindfulness' or as 'The Domains of Mindfulness. This means the areas in which you apply mindful awareness towards to develop understanding.
'Vipassana' means to look into, to separate experience, to observe it in terms of the Three Characteristics of experience; Anicca: impermanence, Dukkha: suffering and Anatta: not-self. Observing experience in terms of these Three Characteristics brings about a change of relationship towards what we are experiencing within our life. Satipatthana Vipassana (mindfulness meditation) is formless, there are many doorways in and therefore different techniques that can be used. The Buddha taught many different methods depending on who he was teaching the practice to and where their sensitivities lay. This is what made him a very skilled teacher.
Satipatthana Vipassana is not one physical method, it is a way of structuring attention in order to cultivate Wisdom. The different methods of practicing Satipatthana Vipassana available, now more commonly known as Mindfulness Meditation, are just different ways of cultivating the same thing, the doorway taken is dependent on the meditator. Each person comes to meditation with different qualities strong and weak within them. It is the role of the teacher to recognize this and guide the meditator towards the correct doorway. I am happy to help you with this.
WHAT IS MIDL'S PURPOSE
Mindfulness in Daily Life (MIDL) provides a systematic way for you to practice and experience the benefits of traditional mindfulness meditation within your daily life.
Through developing your skill in softening your relationship towards all experience, of stilling the functions of your mind and self observation through MIDL mindfulness meditation skills you will develop understanding of the patterns of your mind & heart.
This understanding brings about changes in your relationship towards your life and within this the life that you are living will also change. Your relationship with yourself and others will become healthier, your sense of connectedness will increase and the endless cycles of ups and downs will come to end.
TWO PROGRESSIVE WAYS OF TRAINING
When following the 52 x MIDL Mindfulness Training, you can choose the way that you do your meditation training:
1. ATTENTION TRAINING:
Attention – Softness – Stillness
Follow the order of the 52 x MIDL Mindfulness Training. This systematic progression follows the Satipatthana Sutta: Four Foundations of Mindfulness from the Buddha.
2. PROGRESSIVE TRAINING:
Softness – Stillness – Attention.
Following the progressive training in the book Stress & Anxiety as a Path for Mindfulness Meditation. This is based on the progressive training laid out by the Buddha for lay people: Sila – Samadhi – Panna (morality – attention – wisdom). It focuses first on healing the heart before entering into attention training and is especially useful if the meditator comes to meditation with stress / anxiety.
MIDL contains 52 formal seated mindfulness training. Think of each training in MIDL as strengthening different mental muscles and refining specific mental skills. Each skill rests on a foundation created by the strength of the skill before it. Moving through your training quickly will ensure that your meditation practice will not develop.
Take your time with each training, take interest in and investigate the experience of each skill, this is what will take you forward. Take your time and observe whatever arises within your mind and body.
Your habitual patterns are the content of mindfulness meditation. The different training in MIDL are there to make your habitual defensive patterns arise, allowing you to observe and soften into them until they no longer drive you anymore.
Be curious, observe and relax the desire to move on to the next experience, something new. There is no where to go in this training, it is not about adding more to yourself, creating a new you, but rather about undoing the conditioning that is already there. Patterns that bind you.
There are currently three books available as support for the MIDL Mindfulness Meditation System. They are available in both hard copy and digital format. The cost of both is an email telling me about your meditation practice, I will be happy to provide the books for free when you say hello and share your experience with me. As the books are supported by donation, if you wish to receive a hard copy of the books, there is a postage cost that I will ask you to contribute towards.
This book provides an overall framework for practicing MIDL mindfulness meditation. It does not go into detail of each individual MIDL Mindfulness Training and is meant to be used as a general reference guide to give your meditation practice direction.
This step by step MIDL Mindfulness Meditation guide contains simple and clear instructions on how to develop your meditation practice within your daily life when experiencing stress and anxiety. Covering the whole MIDL system, each chapter provides a supportive framework for you to develop your skill in mindfulness meditation. It also contains a section on how to lower your experience of stress and anxiety through mindful retraining of stress based breathing patterns.
The structure of the 52 x MIDL Mindfulness Training is based on the Satipatthana Sutta, the original step by step instructions given by the Buddha on mindfulness meditation. A free digital copy is found on the Meditation in The Shire website in the book section. This is an important reference book for your meditation practice