Nearly two weeks ago, I attended the Wisdom Asia 2.0 conference here in Singapore, organised by the effervescent Tan Chade Meng, who is Google’s Jollygoodfellow (it’s his real job title). He believes that through teaching mindfulness, businesses can become more ethical, more compassionate and wiser. And he enticed a lot of the big names of mindfulness such as Jack Kornfield and Dan Siegel to share their vision and ideas here. Over and over again at the conference, we heard that all the beautiful ideas they presented will just remain words unless people try them out, practice them and experience a difference in their lives. And of course, we all nodded sagely and with conviction.Cut to last night, when I had a splitting headache and had already taken quite a bit of pain medication. I was fully caught up in the ‘poor me-ness’ of the situation and sulking about how I was going to put up with my throbbing head until I remembered that I actually had other tools at my disposal – mindfulness! Oh yes, that thing I spent 3 days hearing about. Rather reluctantly, I tried a practice where instead of focusing on the pain, with gentle curiosity, you search the rest of your body for places where there isn’t pain and take time to explore what they feel like. My left thigh felt ok, so I decided to focus on that for a while, until low and behold, I woke up two hours later with my headache gone! So perhaps in my case, this is more like wisdom 0.15 rather than 2.0 but I can say with conviction that even reluctant mindfulness is better than none at all! May all be happy, healthy and wise!
A Final Thought
“Seeing reality for what it is, is what we call discernment. The work of discernment is very hard.”
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