“And what is right mindfulness? There is the case where a person remains focused on the body in and of itself—ardent, alert, and mindful—putting aside greed and distress with reference to the world. They remain focused on feelings in and of themselves... the mind in and of itself... mental qualities in and of themselves—ardent, alert, and mindful—putting aside greed and distress with reference to the world. This is called right mindfulness.”
As the Buddha said, Right Mindfulness, the seventh factor in the Noble Eightfold Path, is remaining focused on the body, on feelings, on mind, and thoughts or “mental qualities.” In other words, being mindful means being aware of the totality of human experience, in order to see whether our actions create suffering or alleviate it.
Recorded at Zen Center of New York City, 08/02/2015