Modern man favors the book to the garden. The modern mind prefers intellectual discourse to mechanical practice. Instead of putting a philosophical tenet into action, we too often choose to simply intellectualize the doctrine....
“What are you talking about?”
Not an unreasonable question.
“You want me to sit, stare at a wall, and breathe? And for how long???”
Also, a valid question.
One of my favorite reactions to the practice of mindfulness was related to me by a friend. He told me the story of going to a mindfulness workshop facilitated by a famous teacher. He arrived in the conference room and found his seat at a round table with about ten other mental health professionals. After a few minutes the facilitator walked in carrying a bowl of raisins…