“We use the image of a mountain . . . .
suggesting as it does that we sit like mountains,
feeling rooted, massive, and unmoving in our posture.
Our arms are the sloping sides of the mountain,
our head the lofty peak,
the whole body majestic and magnificent,
as mountains tend to be.
We are sitting in stillness,
just being what we are,
just as a mountain ‘sits’
unmoved by the changing of day into night
and the changes of the weather and of the seasons.
The mountain is always itself,
always present, grounded, rooted in the earth,
always still, always beautiful.
It is beautiful just being what it is,
seen or unseen,
snow-covered or green,
rained on or wrapped in clouds.
This image of the mountain sitting
sometimes helps us to remember
and feel our own strength
. . . . It reminds us that we might
look upon some of the changes
we are experiencing in our own minds and bodies
as internal weather patterns.
The mountain reminds us
that we can remain stable and balanced
. . . . in the face of the storms that sometimes arise.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn, from Full Catastrophe Living:
Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind
to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
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