i did the 6 week program that jon kabat zinn runs for patients with chronic pain disorders. he's a brilliant brilliant man. and even tho the program had no buddhist connotations whatsoever, i eventually found my way to zen through having gone thru it. anyhow, enjoyed the quote.
Cool, that program has changed the lives of SO many people. It’s amazing what a meditation practice can help, change, destroy, etc etc etc.
May you be happy, live with ease and be filled with lovingkindess.
It is possible through meditation to find shelter from much of the wind that agitates the mind. Over time, a good deal of the turbulence may die down from a lack of continuous feeding. But ultimately the winds of life and of the mind will blow, do what we may. Meditation is about knowing something about this and how to work with it.
The spirit of mindfulness practice was nicely captured in a poster of a seventy-ish yogi, Swami Satchidananda, in full white beard and flowing robes atop a surfboard riding the waves off a Hawaiian beach. The caption read: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
“When you look upon another human being and feel great love toward them, or when you contemplate beauty in nature and something within you responds deeply to it, close your eyes for a moment and feel the essence of that love or that beauty within you, inseparable from who you are, your true nature. The outer form is a temporary reflection of what you are within, in your essence. That is why love and beauty can never leave you, although all outer forms will.”—Eckhart Tolle (via elige)