Mindfulness and Wisdom

Since as long as I can remember, I have always sought to be wiser, with a desire to learn and widen my awareness; to understand the basis of all things. Being a seeker of wisdom was trying as I had long believed that to develop wisdom, you needed to actively live a truthful life.

It was difficult. Who hasn’t told a little white lie once in a while, whether to themselves or others? It is difficult to tear away at the lies that layer everyday life and to challenge our perceptions to get a more rounded view and reach a point of ‘truth’. And that’s why learning to be wise was hard, because I realised that even what we deem our own truth is in fact perception. So how can we live truthfully?

What is ‘true’ is like viewing what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. It is open to opinion. You could say that what is deemed ‘wise’ can also be a matter of perception and you’d be correct there too. Opening yourself to the façades that life contains but accepting their existence is, in my view, a form of ‘truth’ and ‘wisdom’ on a fundamental level.

In one person’s eyes, what is ‘right’ is ‘wrong’ in the eyes of another. What is ‘true’ is ‘false’. What is ‘wise’ is ‘unwise’.

Whether I’m any wiser than I was several years ago is open to interpretation. All I know is that by being more open and accepting of situations and concepts, I understand more about the basis of how things are. One reason why I practice Mindfulness is because it breaks away from perception and concepts. When we stop judging and categorising things and are mindful, mental concepts disappear as we observe. There is no ‘right’, ‘wrong’, ‘true’, ‘false’, ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘wise’, or ‘unwise’. There just is what there is.

One of my favourite quotes from the Buddhist text, The Dhammapada is, “The fool who knows his foolishness is at least a bit wise, but a fool who thinks himself wise is a fool indeed” [Dhammapada 5: 63].

We all possess a level of intelligence and of wisdom, but until we are able to see past the many concepts and judgments in our lives, I don’t believe we have reached what I deem to be the full capacity of wisdom.

…My practice continues 🙂


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