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Keeping Quiet
Now we will count to twelve
And we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the earth
Lets not speak in any language
Lets stop for one second
And not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
Without rush, without engines:
We would all be together
In a sudden strangeness.

Fishermen in the cold sea
Would not harm whales
And the man gathering salt
Would look at his hurt hangs

Those who prepare green wars
Wars with gas, wars with fire
Victories with no survivors
Would put on clean clothes
And walk about with their brothers
In the shade, doing nothing

What I want should not be confused
With total inactivity.
Life is what it is about
I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded
About keeping our lives moving
And for once could do nothing
Perhaps a huge silence
Might interrupt this sadness
Of never understanding ourselves
Of threatening ourselves with death
Perhaps the earth could teach us
As when everything seems dead
And later proves to be alive.

Now I will count to twelve
And you will keep quiet, and I will go.

Pablo Neruda
 
We live in stressful, turbulent times. The pace of life is accelerating exponentially; uncertainty, endless change, and countless demands are the norm. These everyday challenges can and often do adversely affect our health and well-being. In the face of this it is critically important to realize we have the strength, stability and resilience within us for effectively meeting these challenges. Mindfulness is a way for you to access these inner resources

Saki Santorelli, Director, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare & Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School

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