December 29, 2014 at 07:39PM
"Pain is a kind of shortcut to mindfulness..." #readingToday   

[A]s Bastian puts it, "Pain is a kind of shortcut to mindfulness: it makes us suddenly aware of everything in the environment. It brutally draws us into a virtual sensory awareness of the world, much like meditation." The real bonding power of pain, then, may be in the pleasure we feel so acutely in its wake.

Credit Illustration by Rebekka Dunlap​