"If you want to learn something new, read an old book," - E. Pavlov
MINDFULNESS HISTORY The practice of mindfulness is thousands of years old. In the late '70s, Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. The teaching and use of mindful practices are relatively new to the west. It was born out of one primary purpose; To End Suffering.
ASPECTS OF MINDFULNESS PRESENCE: "If you are not living in this moment, you are not living," Eckhart Tolle
Mindfulness is a way to come back to the Now all day, every day, no matter what you are doing. ALLOW: "Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment," Rumi
This practice of greeting whatever may arise is the key to peace. Finding equanimity and balance inside, as we observe the novelties of the world around us.
PATIENCE: "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished," Lao Tzu
Mindfulness creates patience with ourselves, others in our life, and the world around us. We find that nothing is learned when we are talking, and the gold lies in listening and observing.
NON-JUDGEMENT: "Be curious, not judgmental," Walt Whitman
We start with not judging ourselves and work outward. We observe ourselves and others without the need to label, judge, criticize, compare, or complain.
AWARENESS: "The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness," Jon Kabat-Zinn
As we focus on ourselves in the moment, we can identify any pain, emotional suffering, mental rumination, and all other aspects of being in order to stay awake with these experiences.
FRESH EYES: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few,” Shunryu Suzuki
One of the primary components of The Wonder Compass is the beginner's mind. We walk every day into natural spaces and see and experience the never-ending changes. As we continue to walk, we notice the changes in ourselves. We stay open.