Diana Winston and her MAP to mindfulness

Today's guest is Diana Winston, author of The Little Book of Being: Practices and Guidance for Uncovering your Natural Awareness, and the co-author of Fully Present, the Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness. 

She has taught mindfulness for health and well-being since 1993 in a variety of settings including the medical and mental health field, and in universities, businesses, non-profits, and schools. 

At UCLA, where she is the Director of Mindfulness Education at MARC, she developed the evidence-based Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) curriculum and the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation (TMF), which trains mindfulness teachers worldwide. She is also a founder of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. 

Her work has been mentioned in the New York Times, O Magazine, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, Women’s Health, and in a variety of magazines, books, and journals. The LA Times has even called her “one of the nation’s best-known teachers of mindfulness.” 

She has been practising mindfulness since 1989, including a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma (Myanmar). 

Learn more at www.dianawinston.com


Am I validated feelings 
Am I compassion incarnate 
Or the darkest of the answers 
Resigned to his fate 

Yes am I doomed to live forever 
With the free will that I chose 
Or am I a hose 
Through which love flows 

I'm an accumulation of consciousness 
A wave before the sand 
An amalgamation of aspects 
At the limit of the land 

I'm growing and collecting 
Where attention goes 
And I'm a hose 
Through which love flows 

I'm chaos in the making 
And robust rigidity 
Desperately adding layers 
Trying to fashion identity 

I'm refractions of the light    
An animal that knows 
And I'm a hose 
Through which love flows 

I'm a bundle of emotions 
Each with their own name 
Pretending individualism 
All desperate for a frame 

I'm the wheel of awareness 
A whisper dressed in clothes 
And I'm a hose 
Through which love flows 

I'm a preacher proud to stand up 
A prosecutor who'll fall 
A politician in the alley 
Answering mother nature's call 

I'm integrating hemispheres 
The poetry and the prose 
And I'm a hose 
Through which love flows 

I'm the left side giving narration 
And the right side reaching out 
A problem-solving algorithm 
Wants to know what it's about 

I'm the observer and the object 
The audience and the show 
And I'm a hose 
Through which love flows 

I'm a hose through which love flows 

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