“…living systems adapt by transforming themselves, and thus does learning happen. Real learning is not something added, it is a reorganization of the system. New nets and assemblies occur, loops form, alternate pathways develop. The viewed world is different and so is the viewer. When in the sixteenth century Copernicus and Keppler produced compelling evidence that the Earth revolved around the Sun, it was not just additional information. A revolution occurred in our experience of the world and in the ways we see and think. Now, in our time, the Gaia hypothesis -that the Earth itself is a living system- brings with it a comparable transformation in our understanding of our world and ourselves. We can recognize here the creative function of cognitive crisis. When old habitual modes of interpretation become dysfunctional, it is often painful, a dark night of the soul, but that kind of confusion can be fruitful. It motivates the system to self-organize in more inclusive ways, embracing and integrating data of which it had been previously unconscious.”
“To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe – to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it – is a wonder beyond words.”
> Struggle keeps us from growing sluggish. It changes an animal into an ideal person. It transforms an ordinary human into a spiritually-awake person respected by the world
— Swami Kripalu
Mindfulness entails knowing what is happening in the present moment while it is happening. It is a training in how not to be lost in thoughts, opinions, and reactivity. It is also a training in how to see things as they really are, as opposed to seeing them through the often distorted lens of preconceived ideas and interpretations.
Fronsdal, Gil (2001). Issue at Hand (Kindle Locations 132-134). self. Kindle Edition.