Mindfulness Doesn’t Care
“Mindfulness doesn’t care.” That is what my teaching partner said to the group of teenagers who eagerly listened, hungry to learn from us. I get (and love) where she was coming from, however, the way I like to phrase it is that mindfulness has no hierarchy of experience: sadness is no better or worse than happiness, when seen through the lens of kind awareness. Neediness is not inferior to self-sufficiency. Bravery no better than fear. Mindfulness doesn’t prefer one over the other or label one as good and the other as bad. Mindfulness just sees what is true. Mindfulness is the kind awareness that allows the experience to be deeply known by us, whatever it is. It is our passport to being more fully alive amidst everything feel.
As Sharon Salzberg said, “ Mindfulness practice is not about having a certain kind of experience it is about how we are…
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