”If you grew up in western culture, you were taught to trust a reasoning mind, facts, and scientific evidence – not to listen to your body. You probably had no lessons in school to teach you to slow down and trust your bodily sensations. Instead, you were most likely taught to shut down, hold in your emotions, and not express what you feel.
Because you live in a culture that often does not value the sensitivity and wisdom of the body and emotions, becoming mindful is a radical act – one that requires you to stand up for your inner life. The more you slow down and listen to your body, the more it’s messages will become direct and clear.
Mindfulness cultivates the sensitive art of deep listening. You can remove the filters of fear, vigilance, and anticipation, and come into a direct relationship with “what is” right now. But it takes some discernment to see clearly and not judge your experiences.”