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Dustin LindenSmith

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on accepting the present moment for what it is

From Sylvia Boorstein, author of Don't Just Do Something, Sit There:
Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated that that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.
Ain't that the truth. Here's another related, but more complicated, tidbit from Ramesh Balsekar:
It is not the present which is fleeting past us with sickening speed. The present moment is indeed eternal. It is our imperfect perception that creates the horizontal succession in time. Sequential duration is a consequence of the single-track verbalization of our split-mind, which does not grasp the outer world instantaneously but interprets it perversely by extracting bits and pieces and calling them things and events.

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iamom December 11th, 2002
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