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Mindful : February 2016
Mindfulness is: Non-judging You can be accepting of yourself rather than self-critical. Moment-to-moment, here-and-now awareness You can actually be here rather than in some imagined futures you feel anxious about. Turning toward and being with You can stop avoiding the thoughts and feelings that scare you and stop generating the self-criti- cism and shame that can be fueled by avoidance. Compassionate and open-hearted awareness You can extend compassion to yourself rather than condemnation. Opening to the fullness of being You can stop identifying with a false and limit- ing sense of self. Generous of spirit You can free yourself from the prison of self- consciousness and extend the same generosity of spirit to others that you extend to yourself. The Healing Power of Kindness and Compassion The notion that love starts within ourselves is widespread in many cultures. The Roman philosopher and statesman Seneca said, “If you wish to be loved, love.” The golden rule asks us to think of others feelings as we would think of our own feelings. Drawing on Tibetan wisdom, Pema Chödrön says, “ What you do for yourself —any gesture of kindness, any gesture of gentle- ness, any gesture of honesty and clear seeing toward yourself—will affect how you experience your world. In fact, it will transform how you experience the world. What you do for yourself, you’re doing for others, and what you do for oth- ers, you’re doing for yourself.” Kindness and compassion are qualities of the heart that often don’t come easy to us. In fact, most of us are habituated with thoughts and feelings that are exactly the opposite, espe- cially with ourselves. You are more apt to be just as judgmental and critical with others as you are with yourself, and these attitudes → February 2016 mindful 73 insight practices DharmaCraf ts THE CATALOG OF MEDITATION SUPPLIES THE CATALOG OF MEDITATION SUPPLIES THE CATALOG OF MEDITATION SUPPLIES Meditation Cushions Yoga Mats Inspirational Jewelry Meditation CDs DharmaKids Collection since 1979 dharmacrafts.com 866.339.4198 Keycode MFA Request a Catalog Call for Volume Discounts on Cushions Sign Up for Teaching Emails