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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #884 - #ToBeMindfully

15 Jul, 2019


"We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are ... When we hesitate in being direct, we unknowingly slip something on, some added layer of protection that keeps us from feeling the world ... It's like wearing gloves ... nothing feels quite real."
Mark Nepo

"Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others."
Charlotte Eriksson

"You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquility of stillness and peacefulness. This of course would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment it leads to delusion."
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Each moment
each path
each encounter
can be an opportunity for awareness and discovery
or, equally, an opportunity for self-perpetuating systems.

Every tool is also a weapon.
Every weapon is also a tool.

Awareness? Mindfulness?
It can take you deeper into feelings
and also take you further away from them
which can offer perspective
or suppression.

Awareness and mindfulness
can hone and support decisive action
and also make you feel that action is unnecessary,
maybe even unwarranted.

Mindfulness is not one thing.
Deeper awareness of one thing may shut out another.

Washing dishes with mindfulness
may lead to a new relationship with the flowing water
or the viscous soap
or the smooth steel of the sink--
but not all at the same instant.
And you may just be avoiding thinking about the argument you just had.
Or you may be getting distance from it
so you can come back with a new understanding.
Or a new strategy.
Which may be more inclusive of the other person
or equally self-serving.

Even simple mindfulness is complex.
Living--being human--is complex,
whether or not we live aware and mindful
of all its complexities,
or get stuck in the complex-ness itself
and so avoid living.


What can we truly know?
Many little things
and maybe most of all
how little of the whole we can truly know.

But here is one thing I do know:
it is all made at least somewhat easier--
and decidedly more real--
the more we practice being there
instead of hiding.

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