Traveling home from California last week, I learned a new description for mindfulness that is making a big difference in my practice. I heard it from the actor Chris Evans. He is better known to many as Captain America. Here’s the excerpt that I loved from his interview in the American Way magazine:
Interviewer: “What does Evans wish he could tell his younger self, now that he’s got many years and movies under his belt?
Evans: “Shhhh,” he says, gently placing a finger to his lips.
“And this is applicable to life too. Brains are just noisy. We analyze the past, we worry about the future. Our consciousness is very spread out, and as a result, it’s hard to stay present,” he says. “And if you can kind of stay present and know that that’s all that you have in life — life is just a series of nows — if you can kind of surrender to that, you can never lose.””
Surrender to the now.
We have been trained to think of surrendering as an action of a weak person. In this sense it’s about surrendering to all the possibilities of life. That’s big. And powerful.
And relaxing at the same time.
What do you think? Does this resonate with you and your mindfulness practice?
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