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Mindfulness Through Uncertainty

(Old pic of her uncertain face)
We were on a rock climbing trip in Colorado, this time with baby in tow. Five days into the ten day trip, I was so exhausted from consecutive nights of very disrupted sleep that I decided to cut our trip short. Bleary-eyed and unfocused, we headed back home hoping for restorative days in familiar territory.

Unable to initially stay in the present, my thoughts turned to our upcoming European "ideal vacation": How are we going to deal with this for a month in a foreign country with a night-and-day time difference? Will we even be able to do any climbing while we're there? And my mind settled on destructive labels: Our baby is a poor sleeper. I'm not doing a good job as a mom.

Then I heard this podcast interviewing Harvard Psychology professor Ellen Langer. In it she said,

"You want to go about life with an air of confidence, but uncertainty."
It seemed so backward. Why uncertainty? In her view, uncertainty is the key to mindfuln…