Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Howard’s Inner Circle, No. 20: Seeking Clarity

Not having a job doesn’t mean you’re not working. Much of my efforts are focused on “staying in the present.” I’m finding that it is particularly difficult. So, as I often do, I turned to a self-help book. The right one is easy to find at a library, bookstore, or online by simply looking at some titles. Publishers of self-help books are adept at reeling you in that way.

Arriving in Your Own Door--108 Lessons in Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn is the one I picked to read and the following is helping me to stay in the present:

“When you are taking a shower, check and see if you are in the shower. You may already be at a meeting at work. Maybe the whole meeting is in the shower with you.”

“Our thoughts may have a degree of relevance and accuracy at times, but often they are at least somewhat distorted by our self-centered and self-serving inclinations, our ambitions, our aversions, and our overriding tendency to ignore or be deluded by both.”

““The intention would be to see things as they actually are, not as we would like them to be or fear them to be, or only what we are socially conditioned to see or feel.”

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