There is a tradition on the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Blog. Every Monday, I cite a quote or a poem that is related to mindfulness and psychotherapy in some way and then explore it a bit and how it is relevant to our lives. For me, quotes and poetry can often sink me into a state of greater understanding. So for today, here is a quote by Carl Jung:
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”
This is what we’re talking about at the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy blog, really awakening so we can be aware of that space in between the stimulus and response (a la Viktor Frankl), and recognize that we have more choices to make more skillful decisions in life.
The answers don’t lie outside of us, they lie inside of us. Rather than dreaming of some distant vision, we can awaken the dream inside of us, right here, right now.
However, in order to do this we need to pay attention to ourselves and sometimes the gifts are in our wounds. Jan Goldstein wrote the book Sacred Wounds which exemplifies this. Through a series of stories and the telling of his own journey, he teaches how we can succeed because of life’s pain.
This parallels recent writings on the upside of depression.
This isn’t too dissimilar from a Rumi quote that I mentioned a bit ago:
“Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.”
In taking a moment to STOP throughout your day, you are literally breaking out of the habitual routines and moving toward becoming more awake to this life. When you are more awake, you begin to feel like you have more choice in your life. When you feel like you have more choice, you feel like you have more hope and this is the greatest anti-depressant.
Additionally, as neuroscientists are all teaching us (neuroplasticity), with these new actions we are laying down new tracks in our brains that allow this practice of waking up to become more natural down the road.
So take the opportunity today to take some time-out to wake up! Practice looking inside, even if only for a few moments. Allow this to be a reminder; perhaps you can even do it right now for 1 minute.
1. Take an assessment of how you’re feeling physically, emotionally and mentally.
2. Bring your attention to your breath as an anchor to this moment.
3. Feel into your life.
As always, please share your thoughts, stories, and questions below. Your interactions here provide a living wisdom for us all to benefit from