Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Mindfulness: Opening To Our Lives

While traveling through Wyoming, we were listening to Krista Tippet interview Jon Kabat-Zinn on the show Speaking of Faith. The conversation focused on practising mindfulness as a way to enter life more deeply. It was a nice discussion of living life fully in the moment. At the end of the show, Kabat-Zinn said that poetry can describe the purpose of mindfulness better than any prose. He went on to quote Derek Walcott's poem "Love after Love" from the book Collected Poems 1948-1984. It's a great poem to meditate on.

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

If you like this and would like to explore more, here is a video of a mindfulness meditation session that Kabat-Zinn led for Google.

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