Zion National Park. Photo by JoAnn Saccato. All rights reserved.
When we begin the 8-week Compassion-based Mindfulness for Peace, Clarity and Freedom courses, we spend the first evening creating the container for the ourselves and the course as we embark on this journey of discovery to ourselves. Most of us can understand what a container is for inanimate objects, such as liquids and solids, but what about something that is alive and moving through time and space, such as ourselves?
Not only does our container include our physical surroundings, but also the quality of our attention at the time, the intention we have for the moment and the attitude with which meet it. Mindfulness practices increase our attention not only in the moment they are practiced, but in subsequent moments following. If we allow our “practice” to overflow to all areas of our life, then our life becomes our practice.