I find that the ability to centre ourselves into what we are doing, rather than feeling ourselves pulled in all directions, is one of the greatest gifts of mindfulness.
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.
In mindfulness, we are in effect asking – ‘what is really going on right now?’
Most of us are pretty familiar with fight or flight, which is the first of Paul Gilbert’s three emotional systems I mentioned in last week’s reflection.
For all of us there is a sweet spot, where we can balance a healthy sense of entitlement with awareness of the needs of others.
Although we all strive for happiness, I often find contentment a more useful concept to think about. It is more stable than happiness, less dependent on external triggers.
‘Knowledge is full of labour, but love is full of rest.’ From The Cloud of Unknowing Imagine writing a song for every emotion you experience during the day. How many different songs would you need to compose? Would it be the same song repeated on an endless loop, or would you be flitting from […]