‘Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.’ Thich Nhat Hanh
When I think of people who seem to embody mindfulness, something they share in common is the quality of graciousness. There is a sense of fluidity and grace to how they engage with the world – they’re not barging through the day lost in self-centred pre-occupations.
‘Generosity is the bread and butter of feeling connected in our lives — to ourselves, to others, and to life itself. And it’s a practice.’ Sharon Salzberg
The wisdom of not knowing lies in the humility of accepting that we don’t have all the answers and can’t single-handedly solve complex problems.
‘The most precious thing we can give to another is our presence, which contributes to the collective energy of mindfulness and peace.’
When I think of people who seem to embody mindfulness, something they share in common is the quality of graciousness.
There is an old American Indian story about a beloved Elder, a grandmother, who was asked one day how she’d managed to become such a wise, respected and contented woman.
One of the most challenging circumstances for practising mindfulness, at least for me, is in the midst of a difficult conversation.
Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
‘If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.’