Saturday, July 24

Mindful Monday: "You will never get your act together"

It seems like somebody a lot more mindful than I am should be writing "Mindful Monday." I spent the weekend in a funk of anxiety, feeling trapped, inadequate, self-blaming, and ashamed. Couldn't pull myself out of it... until I read an excerpt from Karen Maezen Miller's book, Paradise in Plain Sight, that Miller posted on Facebook on Sunday evening:

A good part of life’s distress is conjured out of anxious expectation, cruel judgment, painful rumination, or maudlin self-indulgence. Try letting go of all that. If you don’t do Zen the way you do everything else, how would it be? It would be real. What a relief to accept that you will never get your act together. Then it is no longer an act. You can begin to live as you really are.

...and then I woke up, remembered, and felt a whole lot better.

What are you noticing about your "act"?


for Mindful Monday


© March 23, 2015, post: Donna Pierce
Source: Miller, Karen Maezen. Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2014.

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