Uncontrived Mindfulness: from Awareness to Wisdom 2020
Awareness is crucial to Insight, but a Dharmic perspective is even more important. We can relate to experience with acceptance, interest and impartiality. Or we can resist and proliferate around what is happening, seeing a painful state grow before our eyes, feeling that we are powerless to stop it. All of our dukkha; our dis-ease, dissatisfaction and disappointments come from this resistance.
Without 'Right View' informing what we're aware of, we run the risk of reinforcing 'wrong views'. Wrong views are naturally present in the unenlightened state, but we can train ourselves to become aware of those ideas and distortions through learning to watch our minds. Mind watching reveals how we are relating to whatever is happening in experience, whether it be a thought, an emotion or arising through one of our senses.
Mindfulness and Right View give us tools to relate to ourselves in ways that don't create further suffering for ourselves or others. We have freedom from fixed views and wise attentiveness in the palm of our hands. Analayo, author of 'Satipatthana: the Direct Path to Realisation' talks of Right View as a 'curative' perspective. It helps us see how we cling and how that creates our own suffering.