‘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
A well-tended life is less a matter of ‘this is what you should do’, but more a question of ‘I wonder what might be needed today, given this time and place, and my particular circumstances?’
Waking up in the morning
I vow with all beings
to be ready for sparks of the Dharma
from flowers or children or birds.
A second mindfulness strategy, which may be a new coping mechanism, is to open up and turn towards challenges in a healthy way.
Meditation teacher Shinzen Young gives a very clear way to think about how mindfulness can be helpful when challenges come up.
‘Let tiny drops of stillness fall gently through your day.’
‘Just for Now, without asking how, let yourself sink into stillness.’
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.
For the past few months, I have gone back to focusing on counting the breath during my meditation, which is a form of meditation I probably first learnt more than thirty years ago. For this practice, the focus is on the breath out, and to help with concentration, I count a slow, silent ‘one’, […]
‘Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.’