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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.

How I'm Finding More Clarity
"The Work". Bryon Katie is a master at untangling people's judgments, including mine. She is an embodiment of fierce compassion, like an unconditional friend who gives it to you straight. The Work is her famous step-by-step process, the following of which you can do from home to find some caring perspective.
Part 1: I Complain About
Part 2: One Belief At A Time
Part 3: Inquiry


What I'm Listening To
Michael Gervais' Finding Mastery interview with Bessel Van Der Kolk. Dr. Michael Gervais is a high performance psychologist who famously trained the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team in mindfulness. This specific conversation with Bessel, who is perhaps the most renowned trauma specialist in the world, offers cutting-edge insights on how we can heal our own trauma, which many of my clients have found life-changing.

Something I Feel Is Underrated
Finding The Missing Peace, a free downloadable eBook. The author, Ajahn Amaro, made my time as a monk more enjoyable with his down-to-earth teachings and his witty insights. I'm smiling right now just thinking about his humor and his big floppy ears. If you're looking for a complete primer on mindfulness and meditation, give his free ebook a try. I'd be curious if you think it's worth sharing.  

On a side note, if you want to guide meditations for others, you can get our top 8 guided meditation scripts here, all in 1 downloadable pdf.

Who I'm Grateful For
Tara Brach. She's one of the most popular mindfulness teachers in the world for a reason. She weaves together psychology, current events, vulnerability, humor and love into a beautiful tapestry of wisdom for our modern times. Without her, I'd probably be harder on myself.

Check out a video I made with her 10 Minute Guided Meditation, the audio of which was sponsored by The New York Times.  

A Poem I'm Contemplating

Are you worried about the world?
Do you think that it needs your guidance?
Don't the heavens turn by themselves?
Don't sun and moon find their places?
What masterminds all this?
What creates all the connections?
What, without any effort,
makes everything happen in its time?
Is there some hidden mechanism
that makes life be as it is?
Do things just happen to turn out
exactly the way they do?
Do clouds make the rain, or is it
rain that makes up the clouds?
What force puffs them and punctures them?
The winds rise in the north,
they blow now west, now east,
and wander across the heavens.
What, without any effort,
stirs up this unfathomable joy?


"Some people have an Atlas complex: they carry the world on their shoulders. They believe that if they put the world down, it couldn't carry on by itself. Worry and fear, they think, are the motivators for right action. If they saw the world as perfect, they think, they would be complacent and passive; they would just stay at home and cultivate their own gardens.

But what if cultivating your own garden were the best way to help the world? What if your little backyard could, with the proper care, grow enough vegetables and fruits to feed a million people? What if your gardening inspired a thousand of your neighbors to do the same? — "But a backyard can't feed a million people." — Ah, my dear fellow, it's a metaphor. I'm not talking about physical food, or even, necessarily, physical people.

Worrying about the world is a dead end. When nuclear proliferation is solved, global warming pops up. When global warming is solved, overpopulation starts looming. Then there's always the burning out of the sun, and the infinite expansion or contraction of the universe, which leaves us at zero any way you slice it.

When the mind discovers what it is, we wake up from these mortal dramas as if from a dream. All possible disasters have already happened, and if a future appears, we thread it through the eye of the needle. And whether we act or don't act, voilà: miraculously, without exception, things turn out exactly the way they do."

- Stephen Mitchell, The Second Book of the Tao

 


And, as always, please share your feedback in our Mindful Musings Community Forum. Which musing above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? 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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