This is our last Monday for our June theme of AWARENESS. Today's selection comes from mindfulness expert and author Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. He writes,
"When we start paying attention, we realize that we almost have nothing but judgments going through our heads. Mindfulness is about getting access to our own awareness with equanimity and without falling into a stream of conceptual thinking that goes on and on and on.
The challenge is actually just experiencing one breath in and one breath out. And that means not thinking about the breath or patting ourselves on the back for how wonderfully we breathe or anything like that. It’s just the direct knowing of breathing. But breathing is just the object of attention. Mindfulness isn’t about the object: what it’s really about is the attending itself."