Mindfulness practice is filled with paradoxes - things that seems absurd or antithetical at first glance, but upon closer inspection, turn out to be true. They provide powerful lessons that things aren't always as they seem and prompt us to look more closely at our experiences.
While there is great value in the transmission of knowledge from teacher to student, no teacher is as potent an instructor as lived experience. In mindfulness training, knowledge arises out of the direct experience of the teacher's own mindfulness practice and is transmitted through one's embodiment of these attitudes and practices. The teacher isn't an expert per se, but a fellow traveler on a shared journey.
Mass mindlessness causes great suffering for ourselves and other living beings. Maintaining a personal mindfulness practice may be one of the most important things we can do to liberate ourselves and the world from the tyranny of our own unexamined minds.
Mindfulness practices can be incredibly healing and liberating. Many people who are new to mindfulness don't realize that the attitudes and intentions behind our practice are even more important than the practices themselves. Here we discuss some problematic views that can cause us to feel stuck.
Meeting online, for a great number of people, is the only way they can realistically participate in mindfulness classes and practice meetings. Not everyone can make it to a meditation center. For these individuals, the virtual community can be a lifeline. But, what happens when, on the sole basis of preference, we curate the inconvenience of face-to-face interactions in our learning, practice and daily lives?