Spiritual practitioners : that is us with our daily mindfulness practice

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Shaila Catherine:
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“Spiritual practitioners thrive in unpredictable conditions, testing and refining the inner qualities of heart and mind.
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Every situation becomes an opportunity to abandon judgment and opinions and to simply give complete attention to what is.
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Situations of inconvenience are terrific areas to discover, test, or develop your equanimity.
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How gracefully can you compromise in a negotiation?
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Does your mind remain balanced when you have to drive around the block three times to find a parking space?
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Are you at ease waiting for a flight that is six hours delayed?
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These inconveniences are opportunities to develop equanimity.
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Rather than shift the blame onto an institution, system, or person, one can develop the capacity to opt to rest within the experience of inconvenience.
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Equanimity matures when you deal with what is difficult without being thrown off balance by it.”
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Wow! In my mindfulness group, emphasis is placed on being comfortable with the awkward, uneasy parts of life. We resist the urge to avoid, run away.
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Mindfulness does not avoid our fears, but confronts them directly, safely in contemplative introspection.
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It is our ability to endure and stay present that opens the door to our expansive side.
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When we stop reacting to our own fear mechanism, our nervous system, life will calm and the mind will center itself.
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Equanimity or peace of mind is not a birth right, we need to earn it.
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