Media, Poems

Anderson Cooper: Mindfulness …

Anderson Cooper reports on what it’s like to try to achieve “mindfulness,” a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in today’s world of digital distractions.  The following segment is from “Mindfulness”  which aired on Dec. 14, 2014 (CBS News – 60 Minutes):

Jon Kabat-Zinn: There are a lot of different ways to talk about mindfulness, but what it really means is awareness.

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I see or hear
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for —
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world —
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant —
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these —
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?
— Mary Oliver from Why I Wake Early.


See also:

Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival

Why I Wake Early

Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment–and Your Life

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness