Sunday, March 07, 2010

More about alleviating our suffering

I saved this quotation a long time ago. I may have used it before but, if so, it certainly bears repeating:

Mindfulness meditation trains us to be less reactive to whatever it is in life that causes us suffering. It gives us an ability to experience our own pain without identifying fully with it, and therefore to be more free from it. Because of that experience during meditation, we begin to fear life's pain less, to contract around it less. We become more easygoing with ourselves. We still suffer, but with much less of the dramatic flair that only adds to our suffering and makes it overwhelming.

-- From Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser

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