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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Being With Things the Way They Are

Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness, addresses our wholeness and our awareness in this video with regards to being able to be with things the way they are instead of needing them to be another way. Chris Griscom refers to that concept by insisting that where there is no resistance there is no pain.

Kabat-Zinn refers to mindfulness being the art of "falling awake", of re-introducing us to ourselves, and that mindfulness cultivates intimacy with the core of our own being. He also says that mindfulness trains us to see the most fundamental in our lives, rather than the most urgent.

He speaks of meditation and mindfulness really being the cultivation of attention, in order to sustain our awareness of one thing or another, such as some of the following:
  • eating
  • seeing
  • hearing

This is totally connected to Tolle's concept of the now.

Watch this 10 minute video with Jon Kabat-Zinn:


If you wish to see the entire talk (just under one hour), view it here:


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