Meditation teacher Shinzen Young gives a very clear way to think about how mindfulness can be helpful when challenges come up.
There are times when a more positive attitude to stress might help us ride its waves with a more joyful attitude.
Many people come to mindfulness because of chronic anxiety, and even during an eight-week course they may already find some relief from debilitating anxiety.
Like a gambler on a winning streak, the resource-seeking system works great when things are going our way – but there’s little to fall back on when our luck runs out.
Meanwhile, I also want to relax, but it’s not easy to let go of the of the images and stories happening around the world.
Throughout history, there have been people who have been able to step outside their own narrow self-interest in times of danger and act from a larger perspective.