Lesson Seven from Jon Kabat-Zinn's "Letting Everything Become Your Teacher"
LETTING EVERYTHING BECOME YOUR TEACHER:
100 Lessons in Mindfulness
LESSON 7: Right Attitude
The attitude with which you undertake the practice of paying attention and being in the present is crucial. It is the soil in which you will be cultivating your ability to calm your mind and to relax your body, to concentrate and to see more clearly. If the attitudinal soil is depleted, that is, if your energy and commitment to practice are low, it will be hard to develop calmness and relaxation with any consistency. If the soil is really polluted, that is, if you are trying to force yourself to feel relaxed and demand of yourself that “something happen,” nothing will grow at all and you will quickly conclude that “meditation doesn’t work.”
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- Linda Woznicki