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Beginning Again

This will be a bit more personal than my typical content in this space. The reason: I've been going through some major changes in both my personal and professional life. In other words, I’ve been ‘beginning again’ a lot recently.

‘Beginning again’ is a Mindfulness concept that I think has relevance in all aspects of life. Joseph Goldstein has a phrase often included as a kind of mantra in his meditations: "Simply Begin Again." The phrase is certainly powerful in the context of practicing Mindfulness. Too often, we may lose attention or focus and our tendency is to criticize ourselves or continue to focus on the moment that we lost attention so that we continue to not focus when we should be resuming our meditation. Whenever we lose focus, Goldstein lets us know, we do not have to worry about what just happens. Instead, without judgement or hesitation, we "Simply Begin Again."

Those words are very powerful in more ways than just their relevance to our meditation…