Sarah Miller at Elephant Journal brings up some interesting questions about the nature of mindfulness and its extension from internal to external manifestation.
Example: Does it matter if some jerk steps on my yoga mat?
Answer: There is no answer. The practice is in the practice.
1. Is mindfulness being aware that someone is stepping on your yoga mat?
2. Is being aware that someone is stepping on your mat a moment of you stepping out of pratyahara (sense withdrawal)?
3. Is noticing a foot the act of labeling? Is deciding it is bad a judgement?
4. Why is it bad? Cleanliness? Cultural? Spiritual reasons? Aren’t all those just samskaras?
5. In deciding that something is bad, at what point is it the practitioner’s responsibility to experience, feel, or act?
6. In acting, is this an expression of truth?
7. What is the point of practice? Pratyahara? Mindfulness? Truth? Peace?
It is rude and disgusting (yes a judgment) to step on someone else’s yoga mat because their face rests there. Is it that hard to step around? The judgement does bring a bit of un-peace and it is based on samskaras, so to keep my peace, I try to just be compassionate and spread the word in my own way about your icky feet. Interestingly, when teachers step on the mat, it is kind of okay…must be the whole lotus feet thing.
posted by ebean