This post and information are provided directly from Rick Hanson’s Just One Thing the free e-newsletter that suggests a simple practice each week that will bring you more joy, more fulfilling relationships, and more peace of mind and heart.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been learning something about the craving, broadly defined, that leads to suffering and harm. For a long time I have tried to see how chasing pleasant experiences and struggling with unpleasant ones is a normal but inherently doomed strategy for lasting happiness. I’ve found great though sometimes uncomfortable truth in this perspective, call it futility. But lately an additional truth has been landing – frankly, a more enjoyable one – that of fullness, the truth that you are already safe and strong, fed and fulfilled, and loved and worthy.
This second truth is hard to recognize, mainly because your brain is lying to you to help you survive (to put it bluntly). Thus this week’s JOT: feel already full. When you have the chance to feel at all peaceful, happy, loved, or loving – take it in. Let it sink into you, weaving its way into your brain. Then over the time there will be less and less cause inside your body and mind for that craving which leads to suffering and harm.
For me, the felt recognition of fullness has been deeply pleasurable and fulfilling. It’s a profound practice – which is why this JOT is a little longer than usual – and I hope you like it. And this week’s one minute video tracking the chapters in my book, Just One Thing, is very relevant: Feel Safer (the audio is a bit funky, sorry).
* Mindful Hub invites you to visit their website this month for short daily meditations, inspirational essays, and mindful movement exercises that encourage letting go.
* The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of California, Berkeley, is a world-class resource for mindfulness, compassion, empathy, parenting, and positive psychology. GGSC has a phenomenal website chock-full of useful information. It also puts on regular workshops, brings out vital books, supports first-rate research, and has a fantastic newsletter. I’m on its Advisory Council and can tell you from direct experience that it has a great and unique combination of academic prowess, heart, and service.
#104 | 12/7/12