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My Life is Not This Steeply Sloping Hour
My life is not this steeply sloping hour,
in which you see me hurrying.
Much stands behind me; I stand before like it a tree;
I am only one of many mouths
and at that, the one that will be the soonest.

I am the rest between the notes,
which are somehow always in discord
because death’s note wants to climb over –
but in the dark interval reconciled,
they stay there trembling.
        And the song goes on, beautiful.

Rainer Maria Rilke, Selected Poems, translation Robert Bly, Harper Row, 1981.
 
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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