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The Secret? Just Say “Yes!”

The Secret? Just Say “Yes!”

“So the secret is just to say ‘Yes!’ and jump off from here. Then there is no problem. It means to be yourself in the present moment, always yourself, without sticking to an old self. You forget all about yourself and are refreshed. You are a new self, and before that self becomes an old self, you say ‘Yes!’ and you walk to the kitchen for breakfast. So the point of each moment is to forget the point and extend your practice.”   -Shunryu Suzuki

Responding to the question, “How can I be free of anxiety, how can I find peace?” the historical Buddha answered: “When breathing a short breath know that you are breathing a short breath. When breathing a long breath, know that you are breathing a long breath.”

These were some of the Buddha’s early, profoundly simple instructions on mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is the quality of awareness of paying attention in a particular way:
- With purpose
- In the present moment
- Non-judgmentally

Mindfulness includes the capacity to notice and observe bodily sensations, thoughts and feelings, to decrease reactivity to challenging experiences. Mindfulness is a way of increasing awareness, and being less on autopilot. The focus is more on our experience than on the labels and judgments we apply to our experience.

Another way to define mindfulness is “a penetrating understanding of reality.” Practicing mindfulness means not just noticing what is happening on the surface, but also penetrating — seeing beneath-the surface of our conventional ideas and beliefs. When we do this we begin to realize that how we think of ourselves is not a fixed, solid, unchanging entity, but a series of ever-changing processes.

So, the secret is to say “Yes” to appreciating and celebrating your beautiful, undefinable, sacred, ordinary life.

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Marc Lesser

Marc Lesser is CEO of ZBA Associates LLC, a company providing executive coaching, leadership development consulting, and keynote speaking services to businesses and non-profits. He is a developer and instructor of Google’s Search Inside Yourself program. Marc is a Zen teacher with an MBA degree and a former resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years. He is the author of Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less and Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration.


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11:01PM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

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9:58AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Thank you For Sharing

5:12PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

good point

12:58PM PDT on May 19, 2012

good reminders

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10:50AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

The most profound part was
" ....the secret is to say “Yes” to appreciating and celebrating your beautiful, undefinable, sacred, ordinary life." Thanks a lot!! Will say yes more often. will be more positive.

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8:16PM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

thanks, i will try saying yes more often.

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