The raisins sitting in my sweaty palm are getting stickier by the minute. They don’t look
particularly appealing, but when instructed by my teacher, I take one in my fingers and examine
it. I notice that the raisin’s skin glistens. Looking closer, I see a small indentation where it once
hung from the vine. Eventually, I place the raisin in my mouth and roll the wrinkly little shape
over and over with my tongue, feeling its texture. After a while, I push it up against my teeth and
slice it open. Then, finally, I chew–very slowly.
Love this video of Shawn Achor- “The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance”- a beautiful TEDx mix of intelligence, wisdom, science and humor. Happiness /mindfulness / well being / satisfaction always seems to be just beyond the cognitive horizon- beyond the next life goal post, doesn’t it? Mindfulness addresses happiness and life fulfillment in this moment- this moment- and the next and the next. Mindfulness- Retraining our poor, worn-out, future oriented, brains. Enjoy!- J Stewart