Bowing to our experience today

Mindfulness is a kind of attention. It is a non-judging, receptive awareness, a kind of respectful awareness. Unfortunately most of the time we don’t attend in this way. Instead we react, judging whether we like, dislike or can ignore this what is happening. Or we measure our experience against our expectation. we evaluate ourselves and others with a constant stream of commentary or criticism. But …we can put aside these weapons of judgment. When we are mindful it is as if we can bow to our experience, without judgment or expectation. In Suzuki Roshi’s words: “We pay attention with respect and interest, not in order to manipulate, but to understand what is true. And seeing what is true, the heart becomes free”

Jack Kornfield, Bringing home the Dharma

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