Once more we begin by speaking of the two forms of Mindfulness, because it is very important to differentiate the two, particularly when both are so important to the Path.
We have said that there is a Mindfulness which is complete and actually functions at a conscious and an unconscious level and it is best to think of it as FULL ATTENTION. The second iss less complete, for it isonly vailable to consciousness, but as a result of this specificity it can be directed effectively as a tool to consciously correct errors in comportment.
It is this DIRECT ATTENTVENESS that is perfect when considering the refraining of inapproprite behavior and is essential for the prcticing of the Noble Eightfold Path suggested by Buddha.
Both FULL ATTENTION and DIRECT ATTENTIVENESS can be directed at:
CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE MIND
CONTENTS OF MIND
In the former case through Meditation and the later through a conscious One-pointedness
Energy is, of course, important and it flows through all theoperations of a living system and in the case of the energy flow that we are discussing we can say that it flows through:
ATTITUDE, which sets the BASE of natural and correct behaviour
INTENTION, which generates the correct APPLICATION and DIRECTION of responses
EFFORT, which generates MOTIVATION
ACTION, which is the CONSEQUENCE of COGNITIVE FUNCTION
This allows the final development of a response to any stimulus, be it internal or external.
It is naturally susceptible to Identity interference and this is the cause of IMPEDIMENTS.
This energy flows from what we call the Life Force and carries with it, in circumstances
which are liberated from impediments, the experiences of Gladness, Compassion, Benevolent Affect and Equanimity which can be experienced by Consciousness.
This is not to be confused with the states generated by the mind which are Identity flawed and promulgated by state, education and religion.
This Energy is a natural flow that is not mentally directed and as such is not ponderous.
It is when that Energy is converted in effort that it can be correctly APPLIED and SUSTAINED after One Pointedness.
WE said that Energy was used to pass the ATTITUDE and BELIEF SYSTEM information to cognition for response development. This energy rises in the natural and liberated person from the LIFE FORCE and in the stained temperament from the energy valence of IDENTITY.
Likewise even greater energy is used in the actual generation of intentions, which involves a multitude of operations that are in great part subcoscious energy. Once that final intention has been generated and confirmed then energy is required to transform that Intention into an Action.
If we examine the nature of that force then we can distinguish the nature of its application.
While the energy of Attitude generates the FORM of the final response, the energy of Intention generates its DIRECTION and the energy of Effort generates the level of MOTIVATION applied.
It becomes clear then that the development here depends upon the focus of Motivation, which has when directed with natural positive impulses has the attributes of :
Each of these then becomes a focus for the introspection upon EFFORT
But in addition that focus is to detect if that EFFORT is directed correcty at:
Refraining present inappropriate intentions.
Refraining future inappropriate intentions.
Eliciting correct present intentions.
Eiciting correct future intentions.
Motivation that is acompanied by stress or tension that indicates possible dissonance. It is therefore imperitive to note any stress and tension with a view to examining possible COGNITIVE DISSONANCE.