A lesson in mindfulness and presence from our Consulting Editor, Shakti Ghosal.
“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.”
― Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus, Massachusetts Medical School
Antalya town sits on top of a rocky outcrop on the Mediterranean coastline.
Walking in the gardens after breakfast, I spot a wooden dhow sailing out.
As the wind pushes the dhow, it whispers its secrets of days gone by. Of, Attalos II the King of Pergamon founding this strategically important port city more than two millennia back. Of pirates seeking refuge in the steep rocks and mountains, biding their time to loot the arriving merchant ships. Of the waxing and waning of Christianity as the Byzantine forces fought and lost naval battles to the Arabs in these waters. I listen entranced as I watch the gardeners lazily tending to the shrubs. Can they not hear these whisperings?
Strolling through Hadrian’s Gate and into the old historical quarters, I…
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