gentle reminders

[excerpted from Robert Boice’s Advice for New Faculty Members]

Seven Simple Practices of Mindfulness:

  • awakeness and staying in the moment
  • clear seeing of what needs doing and can be done
  • calm efficiency in doing it, including timeliness
  • freedom from destructive emotions
  • connectedness and compassion with self and others
  • letting go
  • gentle self-discipline

Exemplary Writing Styles Restated:

  • awareness of the need for preliminaries before rushing to prose
  • patience for timely stopping (and, in turn, for timely starting)
  • seeing what needs doing and doing it with constancy/moderation
  • calm emotions and low levels of suffering
  • more compassion for self and critics
  • self disciplines focused on pleasant efficiencies
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