Wednesday, September 16, 2009

How We Change ...

I have read the following page from Nihil Nimus many times. Previously, I used to feel dizzy and detached by the abstractness of the ending. This time, after about 9 months of practicing the book, I felt something:

Most important, mindfulness meditation helps you make your writing your 'practice' of mindfulness ....

"Equanimity doesn't mean keeping things even; it is the capacity to return to balance in the midst of an alert, responsive life. ... Meditators in research show quicker return to calm, focused attention after a startle response." ---Sylvia Boorstein

How does mindfulness meditation begin to teach/implant this sort of balance? The most fundamental way starts with the awakeness and clear-seeing of imbalances, then of how they detach what we do from our true selves:

"Many of us are so alienated from our basic needs ... that we have to relearn the basic mechanics of how attention and intention actually work." --Deepak Chopra

This potential for relieving the self-estrangement that lies within is so important that it has been a constant theme of psychoterapy:

"If aspects of the person remain undigested ... they become the points around which the core forces of greed, hatred, and delusion attach themselves. .... the personality is built on these points of self-estrangement; the paradox is that what we take to be so real, our selves, is constructed out of a reaction against just what we do not wish to acknowledge. We tense up around that which we are denying, and we experience ourselves through our tensions. --Mark Epstein


When we integrate mindfulness with our work, a wonderful thing happens: Less interference between thinking and doing (and between intention and action) because mindfulness can put thinking out into the moment and to work in rational fashion---or else it lets the thought go for now.
Nihil Nimus, page 154

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