Simple but Not Easy

Jon Kabat-Zinn in his book Wherever You Go, There You Are brings to bear a beautiful collection of words that resonate, sometimes in startling patterns: "Clarity" ... "Moment" ... "Reality" ... "Attention" ... "Sincerity" ... "Awareness" ...

For example, from the chapter "Simple But Not Easy", describing the patient work of "Practice":

It is also enlightening and liberating work. It is enlightening in that it literally allows us to see more clearly, and therefore come to understand more deeply, areas in our lives that we were out of touch with or unwilling to look at. This may include encountering deep emotions — such as grief, sadness, woundedness, anger, and fear — that we might not ordinarily allow ourselves to hold in awareness or express consciously. Mindfulness can also help us to appreciate feelings such as joy, peacefulness, and happiness which often go by fleetingly and unacknowledged. It is liberating in that it leads to new ways of being in our own skin and in the world, which can free us from the ruts we so often fall into. It is empowering as well, because paying attention in this way opens channels to deep reservoirs of creativity, intelligence, imagination, clarity, determination, choice, and wisdom within us.

(cf. Awesomely Simple (2001-01-26), Present-Moment Reality (2008-11-05), Voluntary Simplicity (2008-12-24), Just Sitting (2011-05-21), Just One Thing (2012-12-02), Ground of Being (2013-10-03), Mindfulness Skills (2014-06-24), Wakeful, Open, Tender (2016-08-25), No Watcher, Only Watching (2016-10-07), ...) - ^z - 2018-01-10