Thursday, May 27, 2010

Something about experience

I especially like the last sentence of the following quotation:

Experience is not a matter of having actually swum the Hellespont, or danced with the dervishes, or slept in a doss-house. It is a matter of sensibility and intuition, of seeing, and hearing the significant thing, of paying attention at the right moments, of understanding and coordinating. Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.

-- Aldous Huxley

Although Huxley does not use this precise word, he's really talking about mindfulness, isn't he?

1 comment:

  1. You know, you do your best, but with the best will in the world, you don't always succeed at "hearing the significant thing" or "paying attention at the right moments". Even with experience.


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