Attachment: Don’t Carry Your Boat

In this modern age we have an unending array of amazing tools to ease or make possible all manner of tasks. Mindfulness also has its tools - in fact, in some ways it is a tool. We all understand that certain tools are useful in certain situations and not so helpful, or even a hinderance, … Continue reading Attachment: Don’t Carry Your Boat

Letting Go and Letting Be

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

The Clinging Mind

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