What is your practice?

Dedication is the birth of dignity; dignity is the maintenance of dedication. And willingness is the joy of the freedom that follows…
I am reading ‘The Surprising Purpose of Anger’ by Marshall Rosenberg. Non Violent Communication provides wonderful skills for integrating mindfulness into daily interactions and relationship.
“NVC focuses attention on whether people’s needs are being fulfilled, and if not, what can be done to fulfill these needs. It shows us how to express ourselves in ways that increase the likelihood others will willingly contribute to our well-being. It also shows us how to receive the messages of others in ways that increase the likelihood that we will willingly contribute to their well-being.”

ed21c

We are all practicing something in this life, in every moment.

Our human minds are inclined to see what’s wrong, what’s lacking, what’s imperfect. This tendency gives us practice in contraction, in closing our hearts.

There is also the possibility of choosing to practice opening our hearts and reaching for connection.

It is a disciplined heart that chooses, again and again, the practice of inviting true connection, and the joy that this brings.

This discipline is not confined or oppressed in its flavor. This discipline is more like a dedication; a dedication to holding everyone’s needs as precious, and to treating self and other with dignity.

View original post

Advertisements
This entry was posted by Simon Williams.

One thought on “What is your practice?

  1. Thank you to Kara Matheson, read more here: http://ed21c.com/
    I especially love her grounded definition of mindfulness, “There are three aspects of mindfulness: learning to pay attention to what is happening in and around you, learning to bring kindness, curiosity, and acceptance to your experience, and learning to not take it all so personally.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: