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|Editors Note Jan/Feb 2008 - Page 2|
Not that mindfulness is easy, even for trained therapists who've been practicing it for many years. In his luminous and moving article about his own bittersweet quest for inner peace and self-acceptance, David Treadway describes what every mature, honest meditation practitioner knows only too well: "[Meditation] is incredibly hard. The mind is so out of control--beset by fears and fantasies, reliving the past, projecting onto others, making up dreams, in constant, restless motion. Just being isn't natural to the human mind. That's the blessing and the curse that makes me different from my cat."
There's an ironic sense of coming full circle in the profession's love affair with mindfulness. Notwithstanding all the mean things that have been said about the old psychoanalysts, maybe they got something deeply right--the importance of quiet, nonintrusive, nondirectional listening--the power not just of silence, but of genuine presence, that more often than not, transcends words.