There is a yoga and mindfulness teacher in Australia, Mrs Mindfulness, who is really named Melli. She and her partner are responsible for the first world on-line mindfulness summit in October 2015. She is working on a book now, but still finds time to post great one-liner mindful reminders. Today is below. Thanks Melli!
Got this from the blog of Gus Castellanos, a Florida physician and mindfulness teacher. Gus's blog summarized so nicely what's been happening in Mindfulness over the last 6 months to a year, in terms of some major publications and shifts relating to research and the entire Mindfulness paradigm. I'll probably post parts of it in another thread here as it so nicely summarizes things. But for now, I share the poem below with which Gus closed his latest blog:
I leave you with this poem by Arvey I. Rogers, M.D., THE MINDFUL DOCTOR. Dr Rogers was my Gastroenterology professor in Med School in the 70s, and is the father of our mindfulness expert, Scott Rogers, J.D.—begging the question, who passed mindfulness on to who, or is mindfulness a genetic trait?
“Good morning,” I said. “Come closer,” she asked. I usually did not, could not, standing in the doorway. “Do you need anything?” “Come closer,” she said. “I am close.” I thought. The room was small, filled by her bed. “I mean near the bed - next to me - so I can see you.” I moved closer, foreseeing her death, which I could not prevent. “I like it when you are close.” I moved even closer, reaching for her hand. “That’s what I really wanted - to touch your hand – to thank you.” She smiled, her face aglow, and I wept silently as I moved even closer to kiss her cheek, to thank her for asking me to come closer when I thought I could not.
To read Gus's whole blog post - which I highly recommend - I invite you to click-push HERE.
Got this newsletter today, and the following line from "Keep it Sincere" struck me:
...if we are not careful, it(mindfulness) becomes an identity we hold instead of an experience we have....From Soren, of Wisdom 2.0 newsletter, April 19,2019; Full letter is below:
When I was a teenager in West Texas, telling other kids I meditated would have led to scorn and criticism. I chose not to share. It was appalling enough that our family did not attend Sunday church.
As mindfulness becomes more mainstream, kids (and adults) can practice with more acceptance. At the same time, however, it brings challenges.
Mindfulness can just be the “cool thing” of the moment. There are mindfulness t-shirts, clubs, studios, and more. This is all great, but if we are not careful, it becomes an identity we hold instead of an experience we have.
Whether we practice mindfulness through meditation, yoga, movement, or simply by paying attention throughout the day, this awareness is inherent and always accessible. You don’t need special clothes, or an app, or conferences! No one owns it.
While we may think of ourselves as someone who practices mindfulness, the real question is, Are we getting closer to the experience or further away?
In Jazz, they say, “It is very hard to say what Jazz is, but you know when you hear it.” I would say the same about mindfulness or awareness. We know it when we feel it.
As mindfulness becomes more popular, and even cool, lets remember to stay connected to the heart of the practice. As Jazz great John Coltraine says, “You can play a shoestring if you are sincere.”
May we keep our practice real and sincere, focused on the actual experience.