Learning to observe

by Michael Hollingworth
(Taree, Australia)

I'm towards the end of a year-long postgrad certificate in the neuroscience of leadership. My biggest discovery has been mindfulness - ironic since I've been practising yoga for 30+ years, including six years as a teacher. As I practised it, it was great for the body, relaxing and energising. But it took academics demonstrating the multiple benefits of mindfulness, with brain scans etc, to have me re-look at the fundamental purpose of yoga, which perhaps is simply to become aware and connect with oneself... and the world. Life-changing in a basic,yet endlessly profound way. A very lucid book on the subject: Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness for Beginners. Another, completely different book about yoga and one's life path: Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling - actually a meditation on the Bhagavad Gita. MH

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