Knowing our children’s personalities, we have a sense of what may be a good fit for them. Yet any pushing has the opposite effect of our intention to suggest or encourage.
What happens when humans really get to know each other? Does everything fall apart? That’s the message we sometimes get.
If Facebook is any indicator, pain and anger are the only emotions allowed and we need to live in constant anxiety. There’s no doubt that life is difficult now for a lot of people and there’s potential for more suffering—this is not to diminish those realities. But we’ve also got to remember why life is worth fighting for and celebrate those moments that we have together.
Despite having spent a large portion of the last eight years bringing young people into the wilderness for extended trips, I can sometimes get so caught up in “front-country” life that I forget how powerful and important spending time outdoors can be.
There are many modern interpretations of mindfulness that are playing a positive role in shaping better lives, relationships, and communities. The following ideas come from my own training, study, and personal experience. I hope they provide a beneficial contribution to a collaborative inquiry into the essence and application of mindfulness in our lives.
In a society so reliant on instant gratification and an expectation of constant pleasure, it’s no surprise we can’t stand discomfort. And who would want to? When we’re feeling lonely or bored, it is so much easier to grab the remote and forget about our problems than it is to explore the pain we are experiencing. Not only is it easier, but even encouraged.
Beyond being just a good fortune cookie or tag for an herbal tea bag, having a good slogan is a nice way to push through challenges and remember our intentions.
I had never had to truly face myself, or fully rely on myself. While the teachers on retreat offered support if needed, the encouragement was to be with one’s own experience with curiosity and compassion (easier said than done).