julia40 (julia40) wrote in spiritual_child,
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Children and awareness

I have 3 children ranging in age from 19 to 6.  My 6 year old is far more aware than my 19 year old.  I could never quite pinpoint the differences.  It wasn't until the little one's development in that area surpassed the older one's that I noticed that the oldest may have a deficit.  I wondered if she was ADD without hyperactivity but never did any diagnostic testing.  I'm not sure what the differences are or what the developmental expectations are, but this reading got me thinking...
Does anyone know about development expectations for awareness?

August 27, 2008
Tricycle's Daily Dharma

Awareness Cannot be Practiced

Awareness cannot be practiced. There has been some confusion between awareness and mindfulness. They are related, but distinct. Sati, or mindfulness, implies there is action of the mind. We purposely set ourselves to pay attention to our minds. We exert effort. Awareness is different. Awareness is devoid of any action. The mind simply "awares." There is no action here, only a collected and spontaneous awareness that just "sees." Here, mindfulness is the cause, and awareness is the effect. You cannot practice or train the effect. You can only practice something that will cause it. We have to start with mindfulness so that awareness may arise in us.


- Thynn Thynn, in Living Meditation, Living Insight
from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book  
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