WELCOME to my talks on MIDL Mindfulness Meditation Training. This series of talks were given to help clarify the path of MIDL (Mindfulness in Daily Life) and the 52 MIDL Mindfulness trainings to help those who who wish to develop themselves but do not have access to a meditation teacher.
enjoy, Stephen Procter
The development of MIDL Mindfulness Meditation practice sits on the basis of Three Pillars.
1. Flexible Attention Training.
2. Softening Into Training.
3. Allowing Stillness Training.
The four mental factors that are cultivated in MIDL are:
Investigation. Mindfulness. Concentration. Awareness. Mindfulness continuously remembers awareness causing it to concentrate. As awareness concentrates the Five Hindrances are suppressed; distraction is removed allowing clarity of mind.
In the Satipattahana Sutta the Buddha suggests four areas of human experience that we should turn our attention towards to develop our Mindfulness meditation practice: Mindfulness of Bodily Sensations. Mindfulness of Feeling Tone. Mindfulness of Mind, Mindfulness of Conditional Processes.
The first area that the Buddha suggests we observe is mindfulness of the sensations that arise within our body. Our body is a sense organ that reflects the world through touch but it also reflects the touch of the mind.
Below the Surface Level of our mind is a deeper level, this deeper level has one only task, to protect us by sorting the experienced world into dangerous or safe. It has a very specific sorting mechanism, a sorting mechanism that the Buddha called Vedana: pleasant and unpleasant feeling.
MIDL Mindfulness meditation follows a very specific and clear path of practice. This Path was first mentioned by the Buddha as the basis for Satipatthana Vipassana – Mindfulness meditation, in his first talk called the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta.