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Mindful : August 2015
1 Immediately on entering a challenging situation, the first thing to do is slow down, so you can see effectively and not be pulled into reaction. 2 Then you can explore the ter- rain, ideally using both logic and feeling. 3 When you find sufficient clarity or begin to get caught in loops of hesitation, it’s time to act, which requires a leap. 4 When you act boldly there will be pushback in different forms, so to complete what you star ted you need to relax, reaffirm your original inten- tion, and hold your seat. 5 Then the time comes to let go, drop any preoccupa- tion with your story of victory or defeat, and look out openly to see the next step. Practice at-a-glance: Acting Wisely in a Tough Situation doesn’t mean ignoring consequences; it’s quite the opposite—don’t get caught up in the habitual patterns that blind us. Then if we are pushing on the status quo or vested interests we’ll also stir up resistance. Peo- ple may attack us or our plan directly, pretend to go along with us while they try to undermine us, or flatter us and try to bring us into their agenda. This is your reward for challenging the status quo. Social and political activists know this well. A good piece of general advice in mindfulness practice is that you don’t have to believe your thoughts. While the mind is jumping all over the place, there’s a deeper, unmoving aspect that we try to invoke by an erect and still posture. This is like riding a strong bucking horse and stay- ing upright in the saddle—“holding your seat.” The job in completing is to invoke some of that imperturbable quality, keeping to the inten- tion of your action in the face of internal and external reactions—being or aspiring to be calm, steady, confident. Then you are in a position to begin to differentiate genuinely useful feedback for next steps. When you arrive at the office the following morning, the parade of people through your → August 2015 mindful 79 insight practices WWW.IBME.INFO WWW.IBME.INFO UPCOMING 2015 TEEN MINDFULNESS RETREATS Virginia July • July 5-10 Southern California • July 9-15 Toronto • July 13-18 New England • July 21-27 Emigrant Wilderness • August 4-13* *For teens & young adults, age 15-32 Virginia August • August 10-14 Come unplug and tune in! Our retreats teach teens the basics of self-awareness, mindful communication, and techniques to calm and focus the mind - the foundations for success in all areas of life. Each day includes mindfulness meditation, small group discussions, yoga and creative workshops - arts, music, nature and sports. MINDFULNESS EDUCATION INWARD BOUND MINDFULNESS EDUCATION TRANSFORMATIVE RETREATS FOR TEENS