“Pain is the doorway to the here and now. Physical or emotional pain is the ultimate form of ground, saying, to each of us, in effect, there is no other place than this place, no other body than this body, no other limb or joint or pang or sharpness but this searing presence. Pain asks us to heal by focusing on the very center of the actual torment and the very way the pain is felt.
Sharon Salzberg makes so much sense as she talks about this in a very down to earth and straight forward way. She describes the qualities that make up loving kindness and how we can develop this just as we can develop awareness - qualities such as compassion, equanimity and sympathetic joy.
The Mental Health Foundation on line website is called BeMindful.co.uk. This is a website listing of reputable mindfulness teachers who have been approved. I am listed as a teacher there. Here are some research findings from the website.
Mindfulness can be useful for people from all walks of life and the number of areas that mindfulness is being applied to is growing.
I heard Rick Hanson this June at the Mindfulness and Compassion conference ay Samye Ling in Scotland. Savouring the 'good' or pleasant, is an significant part of a mindful life. Here he explains the neuroscience of this approach.