Healing the Body and the Body Politic

In honor of Martin Luther King day, some inspiring words from Jon Kabat-Zinn, and an invitation to engage in the practice of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction:

“Looking inwardly for a moment, we might ask ourselves, actually what would it take for us as individuals within the body politic to feel whole and happy right now, when, in fact, as we have seen over and over again, we are undeniably whole and complete in this very moment.  One thing that it might take is to expand out beyond living so much of the time in our heads and caught up in our thoughts and desires and the turbulence of reactive emotions, endlessly attempting to arrange external causes and conditions that will, we always hope, finally bring about a better situation in which we believe we will finally be able to be happy and at peace…

Through the practice of looking deeply into ourselves, we have been cultivating greater familiarity and intimacy with what might possibly be the ultimate, root causes of our disquietude and our suffering, the dynamics of greed, hatred, and unawareness as mind states, and how many different ways they have of manifesting in the world.  Perhaps we have come to see or sense to some extent how we might, each one of us in our own way, more effectively contribute to reducing suffering, our own and that of others, and to extinguishing the human causes of suffering at their root, inwardly and outwardly, wherever possible…

The aim here is to explore possibilities for healing and inquiry… The aim is also to remind us that there is nothing passive about awareness.  Our state of mind and everything that flows from it affect the world.  When our doing comes out of being, out of awareness, it is likely to be a wiser, freer, more creative and caring doing, a doing that can promote greater wisdom and compassion and healing in the world.”

–Jon Kabat-Zinn, Coming to Our Senses:  Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is one way to cultivate this awareness in your own life.  You are invited to attend a FREE, no-obligation orientation session, on either January 19th or January 26th from 6:30 – 8:30. Attendance at one of the orientation sessions is required for entrance into the upcoming MBSR class, starting February 2nd. Come experience for yourself the practices of mindfulness, learn about the program, meet the instructor, and see if MBSR is for you.

Post by Laura

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