Practicing and Being Authentic

“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving” or,

"the value and interest of life is ... to do ordinary things with the perception of their enormous value” or, perhaps most succinctly,

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

We spend (far too) much of our limited time & energy frantically flailing like drowning victims in the choppy, surface waves of life. Instead, we can choose to swim gracefully in harmony with the ocean. Like the depths of the ocean, our innate deeper intelligence is always at peace, silent, still, kind, patient, timeless, open and wise.

Mindfulness practice trains us to recognize whenever we’re floundering in choppy waves (lost in "everyday mind"), to shift instantly & effortlessly back to wisdom, then remain there for progressively longer periods of time, regardless of how challenging circumstances happen to be.

We have little control over external circumstances or how busy our mind is (quantity of self-talk). However, with wise practice, we cultivate progressively wiser decision-making that positively impacts external circumstances, wiser attitudes of mind and quality of life!

Dr. Chris Willard: The Science of How Kindness Leads to Happiness

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