Mindfulness - Clarity and Love
Mindfulness is first and foremost about seeing clearly and loving deeply. Clarity and love actualize deep, meaningful engagement with ourselves, others, the environment, life itself. Mindfulness is an open mind-heart.
“mindfulness has come to mean the awareness that emerges as a by-product of cultivating three related skills:
1. intentionally paying attention to moment-by-moment events as they unfold in the internal and external world;
2. noticing habitual reactions to such events, often characterized by aversion or attachment (commonly resulting in rumination and avoidance); and
3. cultivating the ability to respond to events, and to reactions to them, with an attitude of open curiosity and compassion.”
Williams JMG, Fennell M, Barnhofer T, Crane R, Siverton S. "Mindfulness and the Transformation of Despair: Working with People at Risk of Suicide.” The Guilford Press, 2015.
"Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough." George Washington Carver
"You learn about a thing ... by opening yourself wholeheartedly to it. You learn about a thing by loving it." Barbara McClintock - Nobel prize-winning geneticist
"If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. And once you have perceived it, you will begin to comprehend it ceaselessly, more and more every day. And you will at last come to love the whole world with an abiding, universal love.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky Pipher M. “Writing to change the world.” Riverhead Books, 2006.
"The truth is, what one really needs is not Nobel prizes but love. How do you think one gets to be a Nobel laureate? Wanting love, that's how. Wanting it so bad one works all the time and ends up a Nobel laureate. It's a consolation prize.
What matters is love." George Wald - Nobel prize-winning biologist from Harvard