Mindfulness meditation is a useful practice that, with consistency over time, can bring a number of benefits including more openness to experience, greater peace, and enhanced wellbeing. Although the practice is simple in concept, it can be challenging in execution due to a number of habits and human tendencies that can create obstacles for us. Over the years, … Continue reading Obstacles to Mindfulness
A retreat I recently attended offered a great reminder that we are ultimately responsible for curating our own state of mind. Most of us are fortunate to posses the ability to select, organize, and look after the contents of mind we wish to attend to for the benefit of ourselves and others - however this … Continue reading Curating a State of Mind
Aversion involves the desire to turn away from or avoid something unwanted. Most often experienced as annoyance, disliking, disgust, or even hatred, aversion obscures reality by turning attention away from what is present, preventing us from truly understanding our experience. By learning to face aversion, we can gather important information that can help us respond to life situations with greater ease and wisdom.
Letting go is one of the seven interdependent fundamental attitudes of mindfulness that are consciously cultivated during practice, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn in his book Full Catastrophe Living. It is the opposite of grasping and clinging to what we want. Instead we learn to let go of desires and aversions - the urge to control … Continue reading Letting Go and Letting Be
I am leaving in a few weeks to attend a Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) training and my preparations have me thinking a lot about all the relentless ways in which we pursue what is wanted and avoid what is unwanted. Addictions of most types involve this dynamic and when we think about it in … Continue reading The Clinging Mind