Saturday, July 24

Mindful Monday: The truth that is so true

"Rather than reinforcing our 'me-ness' and justifying ourselves constantly, we should base our lives on something  more powerful and trustworthy. If we develop real trust in ourselves, constant self-defense is no longer required. [...] When we look into ourselves we tend to fixate on our neurosis, restlessness, and aggression. Or we might fixate on how wonderful, accomplished, and invulnerable we are, but those feelings are usually superficial, covering up our insecurities. Take a look. There is something else, something more than all that. We are willing: willing to wait, willing to smile, willing to be decent. We shouldn't discount that potential, that powerful seed of gentleness. [...] It is worth appreciating ourselves, having affection for ourselves, and taking care of ourselves. Genuineness, goodness, and appreciation are extraordinary gifts. Ultimately, that is where we place our trust. This truth is so true that we don't have to pretend at all. It is real. [...] There is an alternative to feeling condemned."

--Chögyam Trungpa, Mindfulness in Action: Making Friends with Yourself through Meditation and Everyday Awareness.

What are you noticing about your level of self-defense in the present moment?

karate training...

for Mindful Monday

Photo Credit:"karate training," Kai Schreiber, 2006.

1 Comment

  • Thurneysen

    I really like this, getting off the center of the “me-ness” to a spiritual center grounded in Being. One of the weekly mantras in my ministry (which I picked up from reading the Christian Science Monitor) is: “As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man [sic] with universal good. Thus may each member of this church rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing.”

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