Pooh and Mindfulness November 27 2014

'I saw a Heffalump today, Piglet.'
'What was it doing?' asked Piglet.
'Just lumping along,' said Christopher Robin. ' I don't think it saw me.'
'I saw one once,' said Piglet, 'At least, I think I did,' he said. 'Only perhaps it wasn't.'
'So did I,' said Pooh, wondering what a Heffa-lump was like.
'You don't often see them,' said Christopher Robin carelessly.
'Not now,' said Piglet.
'Not at this time of year,' said Pooh.

 

For all that the so-called Bear of Very Little Brain doesn't know, he makes up for it with his rather philosophical musings and his mindful way of life. For those of you practicing or interested in mindfulness, you could learn a life lesson or two from Pooh and how he lives his life in the Hundred Acre Wood.

 

Lessons like avoiding negative thoughts...

 

'Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?'
'Supposing it didn't,' said Pooh after careful thought.

 

 

...understanding that cleverness doesn't necessarily lead to wisdom...

 

'Rabbit's clever,' said Pooh thoughtfully.
'Yes,' said Piglet, 'Rabbit's clever.'
'And he has Brain.'
'Yes,' said Piglet, 'Rabbit has Brain.'
There was a long silence.
'I suppose,' said Pooh, 'that that's why he never understands anything.'

 

...not judging people...

  

'Tigger is alright, really,' said Piglet lazily.
'Of course he is,' said Christopher Robin.
'Everybody is really,' said Pooh. 'That's what I think,' said Pooh

 

 

...appreciating the small things in life...

 

'What do you like best in the world, Pooh?'
'Well,' said Pooh, 'what I like best --' and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called. And then he thought that being with Christopher Robin was a very good thing to do, and having Piglet near was a very friendly thing to have; and so, when he had thought it all out, he said, 'What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying "What about a little something?" and Me saying, "Well, I shouldn't mind a little something, should you, Piglet," and it being a hummy sort of day outside, and birds singing.'

 

 

...but most importantly - living in the present moment: