Life is a beautiful thing.
Just take it all in and breathe,
~ Creola Johnson
When you begin a walking or running program, there are several details you can track as evidence of improvement. Your step count. The length of your stride. Your pace. The amount of time it takes your heart to return to its recover its baseline resting rate.
But how will you know when you’re getting better at noticing perceptions?
“The trouble with explaining this work is that it is so simple that we don’t want to believe it."
~ Trudy Goodman
"This is my daily practice: watching each experience rise and fall within me, like waves in the ocean, while the world goes on doing what it will do."
~ Jillisa Hope Milner
"When blind people learn to see, sighted people seem inspired to want to learn to see their way better, more clearly, with less fear, because this exemplifies the immense capacity within us all to navigate any type of challenge, through any form of darkness, to discoveries unimagined when we are activated."
~ Daniel Kish
The dilemmas related to attentional fitness are similar to the more familiar dilemmas that make physical fitness easier to discuss than to turn into habits. A mindfulness teacher has to sell you on the possible outcomes, but also has to steer you back again and again to the slippery path that leads to them.
"What I propose is that we take the concept of physical fitness and just move it over wholesale into the realm of the benefits of meditation....It seems to me that now, with the way we understand the benefits of meditation, we're pretty much where we were in the 1960's with physical fitness."
~ Kenneth Folk