What Mindfulness is Missing

 

According to neurosurgeon, Jim Doty, mindfulness and compassion must go hand in hand. It can hurt to go through life with your heart open, but not as much as it does to go through life with your heart closed, he writes.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: upliftconnect.com

How does mindfulness relate to compassion? Living in Vancouver, I’ve noticed that mindfulness is a bit of a competition. Yoga pants are high fashion, and everyone dresses as if they are just going to or just coming from a yoga class. Not that this is a bad thing, yoga pants are very comfortable, and yoga is good for you—it’s the mindset that makes me pause.

I overheard two young ladies sitting on the Skytrain talking about when their schedules, “I’d like to go; that sounds like it would be really great but at 7 pm I do mindfulness.” The irony was that standing in front of them was a lady who was extremely pregnant and clearly exhausted, holding the hand of her young daughter, who was also standing. Her belly was swaying back and forth in front of them, but they didn’t seem to notice. My ego really wanted to jump into the conversation with “Hey, I have a solution! You could go if you ‘do mindfulness’ now instead, by being aware of what’s going on around you and let this lady have your seat.”

Somehow, I managed not to do this. Instead, I engaged in conversation with the pregnant woman with compassion. We talked about her daughter and how excited she is to have a little brother coming soon. Her fatigue slowly lifted as her Ki restored. Mindfulness is moment-to-moment, and when it is authentic, the outcome often seems to be compassion.

 

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