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Mindfulness; a personal perspective and experience 5

A different look.

Alas, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted on this topic of mindfulness. Bogged down with the struggles over the science piece partly — also been busy getting active in the SR online community. Parenthetically, I invite you all to join me there — it’s become a very active and interesting place at:

This post was prompted by a TED Talk I saw — a link to which is at the end of this post. The talk is by an interfaith monk, Brother David Steindl, in a presentation about gratitude. This phrasing sounds somewhat interesting but what it’s really about is capturing reality in the present moment or presence, otherwise known as Mindful Awareness, but without ever calling it that.

Brother Steindl offers an opportunity to experience emotions, both good and bad, to be grateful for the ability to do that and to feel happiness. This is because when you allow yourself to experience gratefulness in the moment positive emotions are almost automatic.

Steindl clearly points out that a universal wish or desire in all humans is to be happy — we share that. How we attain happiness differs of course. For one path, Steindl introduces the idea that gratefulness leads to happiness, not vice versa.

This happens because you have received something of value that is freely given – and that can lead you to feeling grateful and hence to happiness. This doesn’t happen just once in a while — you can have it all the time. This is because you have the opportunity for this all the time, in the present moment, hence Mindful Awareness.

Every moment that we have is a valuable gift and it’s freely given – no strings attached. It’s just there to experience and to enjoy.

Steindl’s simple formula to do this: Stop… Look… Go!! Like crossing a street.

This reminds me of the concepts of Pause so prevalent in similar approaches.

This is a short and very powerful message. I recommend that you spend the time (less than 15 minutes) to view the video.

The talk presents a different look at this concept and never once mentions faith, mindfulness or psychology.


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