‘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
‘Presence is the bare awareness of the receptive spaciousness of our mind.’ Daniel Siegel, The Mindful Brain
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.
‘Joy comes from touching things that are refreshing and beautiful, within and outside of ourselves.’
‘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.