“Don’t believe everything you think.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
In this video, The Rise of Mindfulness in Society: Opportunities and Challenges, Arianna Huffington and Jon Kabat-Zinn speak at the 2014 Wisdom 2.0 Conference about both the importance of mindfulness in the world and the changing tide toward it. As they explain. “mindfulness is really heartfulness,” and focusing on the “moments that matter.” Zinn ends the talk with the point that “we do not have to improve on who we are, all we have to do is get out of our own way and allow it to emerge.”
A lot of my own personal journey right now is around mindfulness and trying to gain a better understanding and practice of it. I’ve come to realize that so much of finding what you want to do in life is about being perfectly content with exactly where you are in this very moment. If you are always seeking out something – or someone – to fill that gap, then even when you find it, you will still be searching for what it is that allows you to just be. It can’t be about obtaining something, but has to be about understanding that you have everything you need right now. Many things in my life feel up in the air at the moment, and I know that I am focusing on things that are not beneficial to any sort of positive forward movement. I’m trying to bring myself back to a place of mindfulness, as I know that if you can be clear and mindful in these kind of moments then you are on the right track and getting the bigger – and more important – picture of it all. Some days are better than others!
So…how do you work to be mindful and lead with your heart-head instead of your head-head?
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