- “Mindfulness need not be viewed as an esoteric or mystical subject…it’s merely the process of noticing what’s happening around us, observing where our attention is going as a result, and sensing our cognitive, emotional and physical responses.” — Ed Batista
- “Too often mindfulness is portrayed as a sort of spa treatment, which gets people engaged but also leads them to give up when it turns out to be something quite different.” — Ed Batista
- It’s easy to feel like it’s impossible to clear our minds when meditating. It’s also easy to feel like you’re not “good” at it. Thoughts and feelings will constantly distract us when meditating, and the task of noticing these distractions and returning our focus to its intended object is the whole point of the process. The distraction doesn’t make us a “bad meditator”—it makes us a human being.” — Ed Batista
- Ed describes mindfulness towards emotions as, “‘lowering the waterline,’ increasing our ability to notice and observe mental and physical processes that ordinarily occur on the margins of consciousness.”
- If meditation isn’t for you (although, Ed insists it’s challenging for everyone at first), then definitely consider some alternatives: exercise, time in nature, and journaling.
- Meditation is a workout. It’s not a break. “The task we face is to notice that we’ve been distracted, to let go of this new object that our attention has been drawn to, and to return our focus to its original object. And we’ll have to do this over and over and over again. This is repetitive, boring, and even stressful.” — Ed Batista
Ed notes that current research shows that consistent practice yields higher benefits from meditation than sporadic spurts of practice. This has been my biggest issue, but I believe (especially with everything that’s going on now) it’s a really good time to pick it back up again and make it a daily habit.
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