“The real practice is your life … How much of it do we miss?”

“So when you start to observe what’s on your mind, it’s like, hey, it’s more dramatic than 500 channels of cable television and any number of police shows and whatever it is that floats your boat, they’re all in there anyway. It’s like, wow, you’re in there too. So the question is how about we cultivate this capacity for knowing, this capacity for feeling, this capacity for hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, touching, and far more than five senses, but also interception, proprioception, what if we started to work those muscles? Now, the real meditation practice isn’t sitting in the full lotus, you know, early in the morning in your house, although I recommend it and if you can’t sit in the full lotus, which I don’t, then sit some other way and if you can’t sit stand and—I mean there are lots of ways to do it, there are many, many doors into the room, including mindful yoga, including everything, I mean cooking, chopping vegetables, making love. The real practice is your life, okay, and how much of it do we miss. How much of it do we miss?”

Excerpt from Jon Kabat-Zinn‘s lecture “Mindfulness, Healing and Transformation: The Pain and the Promise of Befriending the Full Catastrophe.”

Source with video of lecture: www.mindful.org.

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One thought on ““The real practice is your life … How much of it do we miss?”

  1. This is good but it feels as if there’s something missing in that approach. On the one hand, there’s no question that a fuller, richer experience of life demands attention and awareness. But what isn’t said is that if you make a special effort to be mindful then you’re not so much seeing your experience as it is, you’re changing it into something different. And you’re also experiencing it through the eyes of a person who’s making an effort to be more aware. That part of the equation needs to be brought into awareness, too. It makes people self-conscious.

    Some people who practice mindfulness find that they’ve added another task to their lives. For many it’s another task they need to perform. Others feel inadequate when they judge themselves for not doing it well.

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