September 27, 2020

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A View of the River Watercolor Rendering — Yellowstone Canyon/River, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Jon Kabat-Zinn
(And if you haven't watched 
his YouTube Videos 
on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction--
the shortest ones first--
what exactly are you waiting for?)
said that mindfulness and meditation
are like riding a bicycle. 

When you are learning to ride a bicycle,
you think about riding the bicycle.
When you learn to ride a bicycle,
you quit thinking about it.

The same thing applies to playing third base,
hitting a curve ball 
(or throwing one),
cooking pizza or an apple pie,
and hitting high C.
We think about it until we get it,
and then we stop thinking about it.

Always thinking about it,
always thinking about how we aren't doing it,
and when are we going to start doing it,
and who is doing it better than we are,
and why we aren't good at anything...
gets in the way of doing it.

Practice until we get it,
then stop thinking about it,
and do it.

It's like learning to walk.

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Bow Lake Num-ti-jah Lodge 09/21/2006 Watercolor Rendering — Banff National Park, Alberta
Are you at peace with your circumstances?
Are you at-one with yourself?

Balance and harmony, Kid!
Balance and harmony!

We can gauge how well its working
by our degree of balance and harmony,
spirit, vitality and life.

When the Clashing Rocks
and Heaving Seas
disturb our inner rhythm and flow,
our outer life-in-the-world
will be at hell's gate.

We think we have to get outer
all calm and peaceful
in order to bring our inner world
into tranquil accord.

That is to have things backwards
in a cart-before-the-horse kind of way.
First inner, then outer.

It's the old story of the Taoist Master and the Drought.
The people of the drought-plagued district
asked her to come and bring the rain.
She arrived and shut herself into a hut in the village
and three days later it rained.
Asked how she did it,
she replied, 
"When I arrived, 
I found things to be out of accord 
with the Tao
and in complete disarray.
So, I closed myself off from the village,
and sought to make my peace with the situation,
and to restore my own harmony with the Tao.
And then, the rains came."

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters, three sons-in-law, and five granddaughters, and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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