Tuesday, June 28, 2011

True freedom

I find myself surprised by how many people think that meditative practice is either a waste of time or a form of escapism or both. Here's the real deal:

“Mindfulness is not an evasion or an escape. It means being here, present, and totally alive. It is true freedom—and without this freedom, there is no happiness.”

-- Thich Nhat Hanh


  1. Mindfulness practice has been so helpful to me. There are times when I do get to sit for a while and just be mindful of my breath and how my body feels. But what's best about it is, any opportunity works. I always manage to be in the slowest line at the supermarket; stuck at a red light; worried about the next phone call for my work ... even 20 seconds of mindful breathing makes a big difference. Thanks, Ellie -- you've helped me a lot the last few years.

  2. I can't help but think that those with this type of criticism have not seriously engaged in the discipline of meditation.


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