‘Attention without feeling, I began to learn, is only a report. An openness — an empathy — was necessary if the attention was to matter.’ Mary Oliver
‘If we’re not careful, it is all too easy to fall into becoming more of a human doing than a human being.’
Last week, we looked at setting aside a place in our home which symbolises our intention to nourish our spirit. Just as important as creating a place is to create time.
‘We can eventually stop using practice in the service of a curative fantasy of being made out of stone, immune to the pain of the world.’
Many of the concepts and practices of mindfulness which are now taught in secular mindfulness courses come from the Buddhist tradition.
One of the most direct, effective ways we can feel more connected is by tuning into our senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.
‘Always look on the bright side of life…’
Suspending judging, or not judging the judging that does arise, is an act of intelligence, not an act of stupidity. Jon Kabat Zinn
‘Meditation is not evasion. It is a serene encounter with reality.’ Thich Nhat Hanh
One of the most challenging circumstances for practising mindfulness, at least for me, is in the midst of a difficult conversation.