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Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness 3/2021

13-01-2021 | ORTHOGONAL ROTATION IN CONSCIOUSNESS

The Challenge of a Life’s Time—And a Lifetime

Auteur: Jon Kabat-Zinn

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 3/2021

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It may be when we no longer know what to do,
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go,
we have begun our real journey.
Wendell Berry
I don’t know about you, but for myself, it feels like we are at a critical and very dangerous juncture of life on this planet. It could go any number of different ways. It seems that the world is on fire and so are our hearts, inflamed with fear and uncertainty, and often filled with passionate but unwise intensity. How we manage to see ourselves and the world at this juncture will make a huge difference in the way things unfold. What emerges for us as individuals and as a society in future moments will be shaped in large measure by whether and how we are able to make maximal use of our innate and incomparable capacity for awareness in this moment. It will be shaped by what we choose to do to heal the underlying distress, dissatisfaction, and outright dis-ease of our lives and of our times, even as we nourish and protect all that is good and beautiful and healthy in ourselves and in the world, a domain that is at high risk of being severely degraded, if not wittingly and unwittingly destroyed. …
Voetnoten
1
Steven Chu, Stanford University, Nobel laureate in physics, Mind and Life Institute, Dialog X, Dharamshala, India, October 2002.
 
2
It does not eschew clarity and discernment, nor human values such as kindness and compassion.
 
Metagegevens
Titel
The Challenge of a Life’s Time—And a Lifetime
Auteur
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Publicatiedatum
13-01-2021
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 3/2021
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-020-01588-z

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