Shambhala Sun’s Guide To Mindful LivingLeave the first response March 9, 2010 / Posted in Breathe, Meditation, Mindful Business, Mindful Leadership, Mindfulness
The March issue of the Shambhala Sun is focused on Mindfulness. The editorial by Barry Boyce explains (although it always has):
The Shambhala Sun has collected a series of excellent articles in its feature section in its Guide To Mindful Living.
Thich Nhat Hanh shares a Mindfulness practice. “Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in.” It is such a simple practice, but it can transform your life. He share five mindfulness exercises to help live with happiness and joy.
There is an interview by Barry Boyce with Jon Kabat-Zinn talking about Mindfulness and moving:
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. looks for the “active ingredient” that makes mindfulness so beneficial to our health, psyche, and overall quality of life.
Michael Carroll explores Mindfulness at work. After my work with executives for the past 24 years his words resonated with me: “We awaken to a simple yet powerful fact of life: when we stop struggling, we are naturally confident and at our ease. ”
Mindful Living at home, you’ll find helpful Karen Maezen Miller’s article helpful on “how the domestic practice of ancient Zen masters can lead to intimate encounters with our own lives:”
and these sidebar reminders:
Check out this page for the rest of the articles and also audio pieces available:
Jon Kabat-Zinn answer to the last question in his interview is something we can sit with as we practice our own Mindful Living:
What’s required to teach mindfulness other than a good human heart?
If we are teaching mindfulness in one setting or another, it really needs to be grounded in our own first-person experience. It needs to be grounded in humility and not-knowing, an openness to possibility but also a deep seeing into self and other. Since it’s available to all of us, it’s not really such a big deal or a special private possession.
Of course, some people will take mindfulness and other practices and put their own stamp on them. Some people are going to make a big campaign out of it without really understanding the depth of it, or understanding mindfulness only in a partial way. The inevitable possibility that some people may approach or exploit these teachings and practices in misguided ways is part of the price of the success of bringing mindfulness into the larger culture.
One of the big responsibilities of those of us who are doing this work is to nurture and mentor the younger people and those who are coming to it for the first time. We can remind them, or clarify for them, that it is not just a fad or merely a smart career move at the moment to become a mindfulness teacher or exponent. The value of mindfulness is both profound and unique. It calls us to take a deep look into the nature of experience itself, and the nature of our own minds and hearts. This is a kind of scientific inquiry, since the mind is really a huge mystery from the scientific point of view.
All of this work hinges on appreciating how awareness can balance thought. There’s nothing wrong with thinking. So much that is beautiful comes out of thinking and out of our emotions. But if our thinking is not balanced with awareness, we can end up deluded, perpetually lost in thought, and out of our minds just when we need them the most.