by Kaarina Dillabough, Alumni
I collect antiques. I love things old and vintage, especially since they often express themselves in a wabi sabi way…perfection in imperfection.
I love the dents and nicks, marks and wear that vintage items possess.
I imagine what each piece might have experienced, endured and triumphed through.
I never lose pleasure in taking a closer look at a piece, feeling its texture and smiling at its imagined story.
The other day, as I was being quite mindless, I smacked one of my flow blue dishes to the floor accidentally, and CRASH!!!…it broke into bits.
For a moment, I just looked at it.
I looked at the pattern it created on the floor.
I looked at the broken bits: some small, some miniscule.
And then I simply broke out (pun intended) laughing.
Perhaps that’s because I’m actively practicing mindfulness, and these broken bits reminded me that, a few moments before, I’d been acting completely mindlessly.
Doing one thing. Thinking of another. Going through the motions but not really “present”.
These broken pieces reminded me that, when we’re going through the motions, being in one place but thinking in another, we ourselves can end up quite broken.
Feeling pain and stress.
Never really experiencing what “is”, but flitting through what “might be”.
So although I’ll miss my lovely plate in one way, in another it’s a clear reminder for me to practice what I preach.
Be in this moment.
Fully experience the life I’m living, not the one I’m moving toward or from.
And in the words of Leonard Cohen:
Forget your perfect offering
There’s a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”
Kaarina is a business/life coach living in Ontario, and a participant in our MBCPM courses, and this was contributed from her popular blog. A former Olympic sports commentator and coach, Kaarina parlayed her coaching skills from the gym floor to the boardroom. In doing so, she has seen people grow both personally and professionally. It was for both the issue of 18 years of daily, chronic head pain (former migraineur) as well as her personal/professional interest in meditation which drew her to take our MBCPM course.