I felt as though I had reached a new level in my spiritual development — a step closer to Buddha-hood. Despite recent severe pain and despite shoulder surgery scheduled for next week, I was happy.
…how do we maintain our mindfulness and our wisdom amid real estate closings, tax season, and, oh yeah, grief?
…it’s natural to react with shock and fear to the Brussels bombings. But when we take refuge in out heart-mind, or our Buddha-nature, we see that we are far less fearful of many bigger threats — like riding in a car.
As the practice of mindfulness is packaged and peddled, it’s hard not to wonder if something essential is being lost. Source: The Hidden Price of Mindfulness Inc. – The New York Times
Is that why we meditate? To reduce stress and calm ourselves?
Driving in icy falling snow is a beautiful example of, and metaphor for, life and the importance of mindfulness.
I’m uncomfortable about teaching mindfulness for purely practical purposes without any ties to its Buddhist roots, but I don’t know why. I can’t think of any good reasons to support my discomfort. (Everyday dukkha?) The article below from The Guardian explores the commercialization of mindfulness. What are your thoughts? Source: Mindfulness at risk of being ‘turned…
Even the present is filtered through a Rube Goldberg mechanism we call a brain. Which is why we do the best we can to accomplish what sounds like a paradox — quieting our mind in order to be mindful.
Thay’s messages are simple. He conveys them over and over again: Stop. Breathe. Enjoy the moment. Listen mindfully to others. Cultivate your compassion. Speak and act from love.
Buddhism…recognizes that we spend most of our lives here in the “relative” world, where pain is very real and nothing to be ashamed of.
Buddhism says we are disappointed by the world because of faulty expectations. It is faulty to think that babies will never cry and dogs will never bark and brakes will never screech, so why let those things throw us off? The Buddha is even in hateful thoughts and violent crime.