Is mindfulness the best hope for humanity? If we were truly aware, the vast majority of us would likely be relating to ourselves and the world with greater compassion and wisdom. But, it's easier to to stay asleep...
The cultivation of mindfulness is just one crucial step in our journey toward greater balance. Radical self-acceptance allows us to bring our whole selves to our experience so that we can respond skillfully to what is here. It encourages us to face facts, have an honest and direct relationship with ourselves and our lives, and ultimately become the lamp that guides us along the path to greater peace and freedom.
We have all felt the harsh, burning glare of embarrassment pinning us like a bug to a specimen board for close inspection. Mindfulness can help us meet this painful self-conscious emotion with greater wisdom and equanimity.
Envy is a self-conscious emotion that can cause us much pain. Through the cultivation of mindfulness, we can learn to see through the illusion of "I, me and mine" and engage in value-congruent behavior that supports our intentions for happiness and wellbeing.
Though we are often encouraged to take pride in our accomplishments or the groups we associate ourselves with, this self-conscious emotion can become an obstacle and lead to suffering. Mindfulness can help us cultivate more skillful states of mind that have a greater likelihood of leading to lasting happiness.