Thursday, April 21, 2011

Agitated Undercurrent

When the mind is dominated by dissatisfaction and unawareness, which is much more often than most of us are willing to admit, it is difficult to feel calm or relaxed. Instead, we are like to feel fragmented and driven. We will think this and that, we want this and that. Often the this and the that are in conflict. This mid state can severely affect our ability to do anything or even to see situations clearly. In such moments we may not know what we are thinking, feeling, or doing. What is worse, we probably won't know that we don't know. We may think we know what we are thinking and feeling and doing and what is happening. But it is an incomplete knowing at best. In reality we are being driven by our likes and dislikes, totally unaware of the tyranny of our own thoughts and the self-destructive behaviors they often result in.

Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabbat-Zinn PhD, pg 25

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