Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS,
is a couples psychotherapist in private practice and a faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. She emphasizes body awareness and empathy in her teaching, and has co-led retreats with William Morgan since 1999.
Leadership in these challenging times requires sensitivity, discernment, and wise action. Mindfulness meditation is a vehicle that can cultivate and strengthen these qualities. Yet despite the growing popularity of mindfulness in our culture, much continues to be lost in translation, and the depth and power of these practices have not been made fully accessible to our present-day context.
Why do we struggle to meditate regularly? Why does it feel like another “should?” Why is it that we can experience a sense of wonder immediately when we look at a sunset, but feel only restlessness and a sense of failure when we close our eyes to meditate? Why is it so often a dry and cognitive exercise in futility?