Waking Up to Our Ignorance

The word ignorance has a very negative connotation, but it really is just a state of unawareness – of not knowing. We all experience it at different times and in various aspects of our lives. Ignorance can arise from a lack of exposure, confusion, or even from deluded thinking. The problem is that, especially in the presence of strong … Continue reading Waking Up to Our Ignorance

The Paradox of Acceptance

Acceptance is compassionate presence - acknowledging what is without judgment. It allows us to see things more clearly. When we accept, we are saying, “Yes, this is the way it is right now.” Yet, acceptance is not resignation. When we stop struggling against the uncontrollable, we have more bandwidth to focus on the things we can … Continue reading The Paradox of Acceptance

Cultivating Wise Compassion

Compassion is openness to the presence of suffering combined with the desire to eliminate it and its causes. In this culture we can easily find ourselves swimming in a sea of fear and pain. Immersed every day in stories and images of danger and loss, we may feel we are barely able to keep our own heads … Continue reading Cultivating Wise Compassion

Trust: Openness Rooted in Wisdom

Trust is one of the seven interdependent fundamental attitudes of mindfulness that are consciously cultivated during practice, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn. This is a sense of assuredness in the wisdom of the body, heart and mind to manage itself. Through practice, confidence builds in our ability to face things. This eventually ripples out to increased trust in the outside world … Continue reading Trust: Openness Rooted in Wisdom