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Mindful Monday

Mindful Monday

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"What distinguishes faith in ourselves from conceit is the fact that conceit lays claim to specialness, while our fundamental nature is not personal -- it's universal, it's shared." -- Sharon Salzberg Photo credit: "What a night," Klemen Vrankar.
MIndful Monday: Just start over

MIndful Monday: Just start over

awareness, Buddhism, meditation, mindfulness
I first heard the phrase "just start over" used to describe a spiritual practice some 20 years ago from the Buddhist meditation teacher and author Sharon Salzberg. During a mindfulness meditation retreat she taught at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, Sharon told us about her own struggle with learning to meditate - how she would become lost, distracted, and discouraged and would constantly second-guess herself and her teachers. Gradually she learned to pay no attention to the mental and emotional chatter and to just start over by meditating on her breath as she had been instructed. "Just start over" became her mantra, which she now teaches to her students. Each time Salzburg repeated this phrase during the retreat, I was deeply inspired. I realized that she was po...