The psychotherapist Connelly turned to William Carlos Williams to elucidate the “poetry” of living. Williams said, “The underlying meaning of all [our patients] want to tell us
an have always failed to communicate is the poem, the poem which their lives
are being lived to realize”
The philosopher Suzanne Langer reminds us that a “Poem has the capacity to bring about a moment of
intense awareness of many feelings, paradoxical, yet confluent.”
Poetry is often used in teaching mindfulness and there are many poems that make the rounds in mndfulness teaching circles. Wonderful poems, by Mary Oliver, Rainer Maria Rilke, Derek Walcott, Wislava Symborska, Rumi, and many others.
One of m favorite discoveries is a poem by W. S. Merwin entitled “One of the Butterflies” This poem captures the core of the Buddha’s teaching — how we create anguish for ourselves through our relationship to desire.
trouble with pleasure is the timing
can overtake me without warning
be gone before I know it is here
can stand facing me unrecognized
I am remembering somewhere else
another age or someone not seen
years and never to be seen again
this world and it seems that I cherish
now a joy I was not aware of
it was here although it remains
of reach and will not be caught or named
called back and if I could make it stay
I want to it would turn into pain
(from The Shadow of Sirius)
When we are not being mindful, we are reaching missing our joys because our minds are preoccupied with some memory or some anticipation. We can our entire lives in anticipation and memory, the now abstracted into a story.
Back by popular demand, here is another video by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, best-selling author and authority onMindfulness and Integrative Medicine, at UCLA Royce Hall, October 6, 2010 tokick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Los Angeles, CA – September, 2010 – Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn,PhD, one of the world’s preeminent authorities on Mindfulness andIntegrative Medicine and one of the first to conduct actual clinical trials onthe use of meditation techniques to cure pain, anxiety, stress and illnessis coming to Los Angeles to do a benefit for the LA County Affiliate ofSusan Komen Race for the Cure.
Dr. Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine emeritus at theUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School, studied with Zen Masters andwas a founding member of the Cambridge Zen Center, before the Buddhistteachings led him to medicine and the creation of a technique he calledMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
MBSR, which, as Dr. Kabat-Zinn told the LA Times, brought”the heart of Buddhist meditation without the Buddhism into the mainstreamof Western medicine,” contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness ininstitutions such as hospitals, schools, corporations, prisons andprofessional sports organizations. At UMass Medical School,
Dr. Kabat-Zinn founded the Center for Mindfulness inMedicine, Health Care and Society, and the world-renowned Stress ReductionClinic.
Over 200 medical centers and clinics nationwide and abroadnow use the MBSR model.
The New York Times best-selling author of Full CatastropheLiving and Wherever You Go, There You Are, Dr. Kabat-Zinn was featured in BillMoyers’ PBS Special and book, Healing and the Mind. He serves on theBoard of the Mind and Life Institute, which organizes dialogues betweenthe Dalai Lama and western scientists and scholars to promote ways ofunderstanding the mind, emotion, and reality.
Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s appearance at Royce Hall is part of TheLynn Lectures and kicks off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. MariaShriver is the event’s honorary chairperson.
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.with a reception for VIP ticket holders at 5:30 p.m.
Location: UCLA’s Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles,CA 90095
Pricing: Event ticket prices range from $10-$100 with aVIP Package* for $300.
VIP Package includes admission to an intimate receptionwith Dr. Kabat-Zinn prior to the lecture, admission to
the lecture and event parking.
Ticket Purchase: To read more information and to purchasetickets visit www.komenlacounty.org.
All proceeds from this event will benefit the Los AngelesCounty Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with 75 percent goingdirectly back to local community efforts in the form of research grants, breastcancer support programs, screening, diagnostic tests and treatments forbreast cancer. The remaining 25% of the funds raised goes directly to Susan G.Komen national research.
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Trying to explain the potential value of mindfulness to a new patient, someone in prolonged and severe chronic pain, I started by talking about resistance. We have a tendency to develop a relationship based on resistance to chronic pain. But it is not just when pain is present. How much of of our entire exisitance is based on resistance — obvious and subtle to what is actually so? If complaints were dimes, we’d all be millionaires! More of this, less of this, the presence of a, b, & c; the absence of x, y. & z.
After exploring compassion from religious perspectives, today we’ll hear about the science of compassion. Robert Wright provides a natural history of compassion and Golden Rule. Feelings, love, and sympathy are not unique to humanity, but all are built into us by evolution. Concepts like kin selection and reciprocal altruism are discussed.