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June 10th - 5 Mindful Musings

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Hi All!

Here is your weekly dose of "5 Mindful Musings", a brief list of what's helping me live a more mindful life.


Mindfulness Videos I'm Excited About
Mindfulness Worksheet Tutorials. This is the first of many new videos on how to use our free mindfulness worksheets. Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below the video. We will continue making them better, based on your feedback and comments.

My New Favorite Drink
The Ultimate Miso. Healthy, easy to make, and delicious. I put a spoonful in a cup of hot water every afternoon for a heartier alternative to tea. "... artisanally crafted by the actual family company to such a standard, that they have supplied the royal family in Japan (where miso was invented) for multiple generations."

Someone I Love
Joanna Macy and her Work That Reconnects. Joanna has had a profound impact on my life. She is a highly revered teacher of spirituality, ecology, and interconnectedness. For anyone wanting to help others deeply reconnect with each other and with the planet, check out her free course above.

What I'm Sitting On
This tall meditation cushion. I need something soft and high to sit on for hours on end, and this cushion does the trick. Very comfy for taller, bigger people who like meditating on the floor.

Poem I'm Re-Reading
Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye:

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
It is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

 

And, as always, please give me feedback in our Mindful Musings Community Forum. Which musing above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? Let me know! Just add a post to the forum and let me know!

Wishing you well,
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Sean Fargo
Founder, Mindfulness Exercises

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