Mindfulness As a Love Affair

In the Introduction to Mindfulness for Beginners Jon Kabat-Zinn observes:

Ultimately, I see mindfulness as a love affair — with life, with reality and imagination, with the beauty of your own being, with your heart and body and mind, and with the world. If that sounds like a lot to take in, it is. And that is why it can be so valuable to experiment systematically with cultivating mindfulness in your life, and why your intuition to enter into this way of being in relationship to your experience is so healthy.

A little later Kabat-Zinn explains how to use the CD of guided meditations that accompanies this book:

There are two complementary ways to [practice]: formally and informally. Formally means engaging in making some time each day to practice — in this case with the guided meditations. Informally means letting the practice spill over into every aspect of your waking life in an uncontrived and natural way. These two modes of embodied practice go hand in hand and support each other, and ultimately become one seamless whole, which we could call living with awareness or wakefulness. My hope is that you will make use of the guided meditations on a regular basis as a launching platform for an ongoing exploration of both formal and informal mindfulness practice, and see what happens over the ensuing days, weeks, months, and years.

(cf. Try It for a Few Years (2009-05-19), ...) - ^z - 2013-08-10