Thought for the week

Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think.

Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called. – A.A. Milne, The House on Pooh Corner

When you first encounter someone or something, there is that fleeting instant of pure awareness – just before you identify it – before your mind starts naming, labeling, and knowing, before it thinks…”oh it’s honey…or, oh it’s a dog, or, oh it’s an owl. This moment of pure awareness is “mindfulness.” It’s the moment of in between. In between the direct experience of the object and the mind’s evaluation of it. It’s important to tune in to these moments of not knowing, these moments of the in between

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