Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”: thoughts during meditation

“During meditation, we intentionally treat all our thoughts as if they are of equal value. As best we can, and with the lightest touches, we bring awareness to them when they arise, and then intentionally return our attention to the breath as the primary focus of our attention, regardless of the thought and the emotional charge. In other words, we intentionally practice letting go of each thought that attracts our attention, whether it seems important and insightful or unimportant and trivial, We just observe them as thoughts, as discrete and exceedingly transient events that appear in our field of awareness. We are aware of them because they are here, but intentionally decline to get caught up in the content of the thoughts during meditation, no matter how meaningful or enticing the content may be for us in any given moment. Instead we remind ourselves to see them as simply thoughts, as seemingly independent occurring events in the field of our awareness,”

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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