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Take Two Steps Back

You know the old adage “three steps forward, two steps back?” It implies defeat, at least temporarily. I don’t know about you, but when I speak these words I feel my head hang low, my energy drop, and a sense of “stuckness” begins to permeate the task at hand – whatever that may be.

When I meditate or practice any kind of mindfulness, I imagine myself taking two steps back from my experience. I visualize myself standing behind my body. Witnessing and watching without with a gentle detachment, or what my teachers refer to as “witness consciousness.” Everything becomes more clear and fluid.

If I place mindfulness first, the adage is rewritten:

Two steps back…. three steps forward.

Sweet relief.

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