Originally Posted by JustASimpleGuy
Since I practice both mindfulness and an effortless technique (Shikantaza, Do Nothing, Choiceless Awareness, Resting in Awareness) I don't see it as an either/or proposition. In fact I think they are enormously complimentary.
The article makes good points. I think the perceived incompatibility arises from misunderstanding meditation at a fundamental level, especially since mindfulness is inherently non-volitional, which is 'do nothing', which is 'just being'.
The issue we face as people generally speaking is we are always doing, and it is fine for a non-dualist to preach do nothing, but I'm pretty sure if they paid attention they'd notice how much activity/reactivity is going on with themselves.
From the mindfulness perspective we just know what is true. If there is a lot of doing going on, it's true, so much doing, and if that stops, it's true, I came to a standstill. Indeed, knowing what is going on is not different to coming to a standstill, but that nuance is usually overlooked because when to stop and look, nothing happens (which wasn't already happening).
It is a strange kind of effort when you let everything be 'as it is'. Just be aware of 'this' as it is, but we tend to find attention wanders, we become overwhelmed by reactivity and are unable to stay still. I mean, dealing with the truth is always different than living up to an ideal.