Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Mindful Way through Depression...

I am reading "The Mindful Way through Depression" presently (sample embedded above), although it is for depression, it offers a great amount of detail to handle difficult emotions that is applicable to everyone...I wander sometimes why being born as a human never came with a owner's manual.  Thankfully there is some great material coming available on the "human being manual" especially on mindfulness based techniques.

The more I think about it, it is really that we are rediscovering techniques that we already know innately, techniques so long forgotten, knowledge that we already have inside us that we are rediscovering like a sculptor chipping away at a rock to reveal a beautiful statue within...

Enjoy the sample from the book above, it resonated with me quite a bit, you could apply the morale of the story to any "day to day moment" and appreciate it so much more:

A well-known travel writer was invited to dine at the home of a well-to-do Japanese family.  His host had invited a number of guests, letting it known that he had something of a great importance to share.  part of the meal would consist of a blowfish, considered a superb delicacy in Japan, in part because these fish are fatally poisonous unless the poison has been removed by a highly skilled chef.  To be served such a fish was a great honor.

As guest of honor, the writer received the fish with great anticipation, and savored every mouthful.  The taste was, indeed, like nothing he had ever eaten.  What, asked his host, did he think of the experience?  The guest was ecstatic about the exquisite flavor of the fish he had sampled.  He did not have to exaggerate, for it was indeed sublime, among the best food he had ever tasted.  Only then did his host reveal that the fish he had eaten was a common variety.  Another guest, without realizing it, had eaten the blowfish.  The "important thing" the writer learned was not how good a rare and expensive delicacy tasted, but how amazing ordinary food could be if he paid close attention to each mouth full.

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