Building Your Marriage on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness are based on the Satipatthana Sutta, one of the most important and widely studied discourses in Buddhism. This fourfold “establishment of mindfulness” was created to help us attain, as well as maintain, moment-to-moment mindfulness in our lives.
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness are:
Mindfulness of your body
Mindfulness of your feelings
Mindfulness of your mind or consciousness
Mindfulness of how your mind operates
It’s important to note that you don’t have to be a Buddhist to benefit from practicing mindfulness in your marriage. As we’ve read in The Mindful Marriage, mindfulness empowers you to become more present to everything in your life, including your relationship with your partner.
Mindfulness of Your Body
The first foundation is mindfulness of your physical body. This base foundation provides a starting point and brings you into the present moment. You can get in tune with your body by doing the Mindfulness Meditation Exercise or by conducting a body scan.
The intention of a body scan is to simply become aware of and present with your body. It’s nice to relax and it’s great if it happens, but that’s not the goal of this exercise. The goal is to check in with each area of your body in a