The concept of “mindfulness” often brings to mind images of relaxation, stillness, or acting in some idealistic, staid way. There’s an assumption that it means being always calm, serene and in control. Because of this, it is occasionally portrayed as a set up for personal failure. Life’s hard enough without aiming for being mindful all the time.Yet, that perspective misses the point of the practice. Mindfulness is not a drive for perfection. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

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