I agree with Socrates who said that “an unexamined life is not worth living.” I believe that it’s our duty to examine life and consciously unlearn the unwholesome notions that we have unconsciously learned.
“The less you know, the more you believe,” is a saying that points to the fact that many of us hold on to unwholesome beliefs that most likely we absorbed during that time in our lives when we hadn’t yet developed the ability of critical analysis. It is unfortunate that many of us, even after reaching adulthood, still choose, perhaps out of fear, not only not to analyze our beliefs to test their veracity, but also not to explore other points of view. It is clear that this tendency to close ourselves up to other ideas, this stubborn determination to ignore other perspectives, and this unwillingness to change, even when evidence of the inaccuracy of our positions is presented, brings about suffering not only for others, but also for our own selves. This realization alone should be enough to encourage us to look deeply and honestly within ourselves in order to let go of those beliefs that do not contribute to the betterment of life.
Mindfulness is a practice aimed at alleviating and eliminating suffering. It takes us to a place of deep observation of the present moment and invites us to explore. It removes the fog of delusion and ignorance and allows us to see clearly. It connects us with what is real and true and liberates us from our old and inaccurate beliefs. It develops in us the humility to recognize and calmly accept that we have been holding on to suffering-creating views. It shows us an universe of possibilities and empowers us to let go of what does not serve us anymore. It gives us freedom to change and in doing so, improve not only our own lives, but other people’s lives as well.
Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.
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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”
– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”
– “Silent Peace Walk”