Overheard on the Subway Back from Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training

“I realize that often I don’t listen,” said one young woman to her friend. “So I started winding a pipe cleaner around my finger.”

“A pipe cleaner?!” responded her friend.

“Yes. A pipe cleaner. When I realize I’m not paying attention I touch it, and that helps me listen.”

To myself, I thought, “well, if it works for her, although perhaps at some point she can just notice and would no longer need the pipe cleaner.”

And then the next morning, among the things I saw discarded on my walk–a rather fancy pipe cleaner.


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