“By witnessing how we are, in our body, heart and mind, we become armed with the necessary information needed to respond thoughtfully and with care.” I found this quote by by Jill Satterfield while organizing my desk at home, where I am spending more hours than usual during this period of quarantine. What really resonates for me is that there is no prescription in Satterfield’s words. She does not give me something to remember that I need to do, I don’t need to plan to do better, I don’t need to find a solution. Instead, I can remind myself that simply observing is incredibly powerful. I realize again – that it’s somehow harder than I expect to just witness – how is my breath, what sensations are arising, where is my mind? As soon as I notice a thought – like, I am really frustrated with this situation – I feel I need to find a solution. I think about what to do, I get online and search for answers, I distract myself from the experience of the moment with a mission to plan for (and hopefully improve) the future.
Mindfulness teaches us that simply pausing and observing and making space for what arises, is enough ‘to do’. The rest will follow. Taking a moment to slow down the momentum, to meet the present moment, already changes our perspective. This is the first step to reacting from a different starting point, to change that unfolds on its own. In this spirit, I invite you to practice mindfulness with me this summer. Beginning today, I will be offering 30-minute mindfulness sessions via Zoom once a week on Wednesdays at 5:30 PM EST for 10 weeks. Each week we will focus on a different practice that we can take into our daily lives. As we pause and practice, let’s uncover the potential for not doing, but being. I invite you to join me live – just send me an email and I will let you know the details to join. In case you can’t make it live, I will set up a resources page with recordings from the sessions. I look forward to practicing with you and to hearing from you about your practice and what’s working (or not) for you.