Gaining Insight from Obstacles

Gaining Insight from Obstacles

Using meditation or therapy to try to shut down parts of our experience is ultimately counterproductive. We do not have to be afraid of entering unfamiliar territory once we have learned how to hold experience within the gentleness of our own minds. Learning to transform obstacles into objects of meditation provides a much needed bridge between the stillness of the concentrated mind and the movement of real life.

– Mark Epstein, “Stopping the Wind”

Nice quote reminding us that mindfulness practice is not engaged in as an “antidote” to difficult experiences … it’s more like savouring them, drinking them in, getting “with ’em” rather than “agin ’em”