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“Most people don’t realize that the mind constantly chatters. And yet, that chatter winds up being the force that drives us much of the day in terms of what we do, what we react to, and how we feel.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

If you are anything like I am, then you will immediately connect to this claim: At times, there is so much ‘chatter’ in my mind that my inner self is drained of any energy, which is best used in achieving internal peace. But then again, such effort turns me into a thought-driven being – one that is actually not being but rather becoming and trying to become constantly . . . How do you attain the delicate balance in-between?

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  1. Hhhhhmmmmm …. interesting 🌷

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  2. I should also extend my sincere thanks to Sire Kabat-Zinn, for the inspiration of his article, with his reference to ‘chatter’ now the cause of a new compose for my work in process next book to follow.

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  3. I most fascinating level of intelligence to encounter, with which to start this day. Though I doubt very much if I am anything like mister Jon Kabit-Zinn, but as to his mind ‘chatter’ as he calls it, there is no doubt of that being a reflection of what I have constantly lived all of my life, and continue to do so. However I am more that happy and comfortable with that excessive activity in my humble mind, which has, and continues to feed my hunger for words to compose my passion of the written expression.Thus, contrary to this gentleman’s reaction of becoming a not being, rather than a thought-driven being… etc, etc to attain the delicate balance etc, etc,… as in who will become the analyst of the analyzer’s analyst’s analyzer, and on and on. Peace be with you, Mr. Kabat-Zinn, for I get the impression you you have already attained that delicate balance, but have not yet become conscious of having done do!

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    • I very much love your in-depth contemplation on any written text, of the past, the present, or with reference to the future, all of which are under our own power – to a reasonable degree, of course. I am in complete agreement with you, dearest Jean-Jacques, in that that I too conclude how we continue to yield room to the “chatter of the mind” … as I am doing right this very moment … as you have done while analyzing ‘the analyst’s analysis of analyses by analysts’ and so on and so on.

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  4. Thank you for sharing. Another author I enjoy for mindfulness.

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