Mindfulness is something we co-learn, through sharing and listening. We start believing a calmer, softer, happier life is possible only when we see it in others. Or when we start displaying this calmness, softness, happiness, and someone sees our change and points at it with excitement. “Hey!” they say. “I see you. You would have responded differently in the past. But this time you are more open and relaxed / loving and kind / you are enjoying life more.”
We co-learn it because mindfulness doesn’t belong to anyone. There is no MY or YOUR mindfulness. There is only THE mindfulness. The awareness and compassion we all get to have, lose, find, lose, and find again. The awareness and compassion we all get to remind each other about. The awareness and compassion we create and exist in together.
In this sense, there is no “mindfulness teacher” and “mindfulness student”. There are only guides. Guides who know how to hold space for others or guides who have ideas about finding it when it is lost.
I know this because as a teacher, I find teachers in my students all the time. Just like I did in Mariana
Mariana is a long-time practitioner of mindfulness who participated in my 7 week Introduction to Mindfulness course at the end of last year. In this short video interview, she shares some nuggets of wisdom with her bubbly and loving energy.