I have been undertaking an experiment lately (as part of that broader experiment we are all involved in – otherwise known as life!) where I am trying to find a wiser relationship with my to do list. This list can take many forms, usually along the lines of planning, organising, anticipating, speculating, - that is it involves lots of thinking!
“I am shocked by the ignorance and wastefulness with which persons who should know better throw away the things they do not like. They throw away experiences, people, marriages, situations, all sorts of things because they do not like them. If you throw away a thing, it is gone. Where you had something you have nothing. Your hands are empty, they have nothing to work on.
There is a dazzling array of mindfulness offerings around lately, so how to choose?
I love this short piece by Jon Kabat-Zinn called “Listening is an act of love”.
I love this rendering of the power of longing. Saint-Exupery speaks of longing as something noble and inspiring that can take us forward towards our deepest values and draw us out into caring for the world.
I don’t know who wrote the quote, where I read it or if I dreamt it but this is the quote that won’t leave me alone this year. It keeps clarifying my approach
as a psychologist helping people with their suffering. It has helped me contemplate my own journey with sadness and melancholia. It is an onion with
many layers and has illuminated what I believe is at the core of recovery, growth and change – the willingness to accept and embrace our inner experience.