Saturday, 22 June 2013

Being Mindful in a Sane New World

Long time no blog. Things are non stop but I like it like that.

Since my last post, I have seen Ruby Wax again who's book Sane New World is now OUT! She spoke at 5 x 15 at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill. Such a great evening (I sat behind Joanna Lumley!) - another post on that will follow once the video clips have been released.

In any spare moment since the minute I got my hands on it (on the tube or bus and even under my desk at work...!), I have been nose deep - loving every word of it. Its just so cleverly written and easy to follow. Laugh out loud funny but also deadly serious and essential reading for pretty much everyone. A real master piece.

I am near the end of the book now but will re read it as there will definitely be parts that I didn't take in (I wasn't being Mindful, which is what the book focuses on) - here is Portia Nelson's brilliant poem, which Ruby reminds us of on page 162. The wonderful Teenagers Translated team showed this to me a few years ago, so I feel I am one step ahead having seen it before.


Autobiography in Five Short Chapters by Portia Nelson


1.  I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost … I am hopeless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

2.  I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I’m in the same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

3.  I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

4.  I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

5.  I walk down another street.