Mindful playful enquiry

 

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WHAT IS THIS

IS THIS WHAT

THIS WHAT IS

THIS IS WHAT

IS WHAT THIS

WHAT THIS IS

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Jon Kabat-Zinn suggests that a ‘spirit of enquiry is fundamental to living mindfully’ – not the usual (and in other contexts very useful) analytical or discursive enquiry, but playful open-ended enquiry – without grasping at answers or solutions. It is asking ‘what is this’ in order to see more clearly, and to realise with our whole embodied mind, how the world is. ‘Problems’ are (dis)solved by observation, by non-reactive attention – by letting things be, and being with, our thoughts, feelings, aspirations and fears.

When we practice mindfulness our experience becomes clearer and lighter, unimpeded by attachment and no longer clouded by commentary and opinion. Through non-judgmental enquiry of this kind we open wide the windows and doors of experience – so that the light of what is shines brightly.

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