How to not mind mindfulness

Here I sit, wondering why I feel so on edge, so anxious. After all, I am reading through an extensive archive of mindfulness quotes. These are quotes written by sages, masters, gurus and coaches reminding me how to be calm, how to find serenity, how to remain at peace, how to honor the present moment. […]

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Come to your senses (part 4)

Activate your personal sense-making ability with four creative prompts that will inspire curiosity and draw you into a state of mindfulness.

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Clear your mind (part 1)

What is the purpose of mindfulness? How do you clear your mind to enter a state of creative rapture? Artful Contemplation (in four parts) offers insight.

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The unfolding

Not all action needs to be acted upon. Some action needs us to be mindful, to be moved – to be present to an unfolding that exceeds our capacity to control it.

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Look while leaping

There is no other path but the path beneath your feet. When we leap while we look (rather than looking before we leap) we become intuitive – trusting our innate capacity to work with what comes our way without trying to predict and control the outcome of every move.

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Enter the mystery

Mindfulness practice requires spontaneous discipline, playful sobriety and active letting go. Then we can enter and dwell in the mystery.

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Before your very eyes

What happens when people you know well, things you hold dear, places you frequently visit, start dissolving before your very eyes?

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Full of emptiness

The empty space of the mindful artist is the only space that is not colonized. It is the seedbed from which anything can grow. It is full of emptiness.

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Mindfulness practice through training trees

Like daily mindfulness practice, training a bonsai tree is high-risk artistry.

Mindfulness practice, like bonsai training, can be viewed as an artistic representation of our true nature – and requires daily doing over an extended period of time. But this should not be too daunting when we contemplate that art is a special kind of doing – one that is best approached in a non-competitive spirit, in a state of curiosity and contemplation, with senses attuned, and heart wide-open.

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