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Mindfulness Can Get You There

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“It takes courage to let go of habits and beliefs championed by our parents and those we respect, but we must if we are to ever get close to a mindfulness practice.”

Politics and current events aside, I have come to a conclusion. Until our world gets to a point of empathetic mindfulness, which is the cause of loving friendliness, we are simply doomed to repeat the silly patterns of the past. We humans love our ignorance. Our ignorance allows us to have lazy brains that relish the patterns we learned in childhood. We are adults now, responsible for our lives, our actions, our movements, our beliefs, and our ability to love. We have the power to change our path. All the power to change our path is in our actions. We often let our life story be based on the stories we heard from others. If our parents, peers, and teachers were filled with anger, ignorance, laziness, a belief in scarcity, pessimism, hate, greed, indifference, and just a “life sucks and then we die” attitude, we adopt that mindset as reality. The reality is we can be magnificent, happy, virtuous, successful people. We can be born again. We can be in control of our life. But we must first realize it’s complicated. Being complicated for most is an excuse to procrastinate. Saying with exhaustion, “Thi …

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Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland resides in Michigan with his four youngest kids, ages 5 to 10. He and his wife, Amy, try to be an example of Parenting for a Peaceful world, in which democracy begins at home.

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