The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, or unhelpful, but that they are incomplete.
Me being right doesn't make you wrong. A simple parable about the many sides of reality.
Babies and toddlers are notorious for looking at you, right in the eye. It’s a capacity that seems to diminish as we grow older.
For a long time, I used to believe mindfulness is positive vibes and feeling good. I’ve since learnt that it’s much bigger than that.
Our brains are primed to notice what’s wrong with intensity. Some scientists say our minds are like velcro for negative experiences, and Teflon for positive ones.
We may be missing touching people and things these days, but we can still look! Textures are an excellent place to focus our attention. It’s hard to look without imagining how it would feel –
When it all starts to feel the same, it’s important to tune in to the differences. Nuance your perspective with this exercise.
How are feeling right now? Perhaps it’s a good time to pause and take three deep breaths. At your own pace. Nowhere to go, nothing to achieve. Give yourself the gift of being fully present and resting right here. Suffering has a way of reminding us of what matters
Rumi once said that our task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within that we have built against it.
Last weekend I was at an inspiring event about mindfulness in schools with Jon Kabat-Zinn. I was struck by his opening words: “The mind that thinks it knows a lot is a prison.”