The Examined Life
It's only when we meditate for its own sake—rather than trying to get something from it—that we find the results we're after, says Ed Halliwell.
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With all good intentions, Ed Halliwell writes, a bit of mindfulness in institutions whose activities and attitudes contribute to the world's pain may not amount to much. But it is a good start—toward a mindful culture.
If it takes months of coaxing to help my three-year-old son unhook from the effects of one negative comment, writes Ed Halliwell, is it surprising that we can't change our habitual ways of being hard on ourselves with a bit of positive self-talk?
If mindfulness training leads to better focus, performance, and well-being, it comes—ironically—from letting go of the very desires for focus, performance, and well-being that motivates many in their jobs.
Does something beneficial have to be delivered perfectly—and to bring about a perfect world—before we will accept it as worthwhile?