Thursday, December 3

Tag: Charlotte Joko Beck

Mindful Monday: A teacher in every moment

Mindful Monday: A teacher in every moment

awareness, Buddhism, mindfulness
Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru. ― Charlotte Joko Beck What is your teacher in this moment? ... for Mindful Monday ... Photo credit: "Traffic on 2nd Avenue," Oran Viriyincy, 2009.

Mindful Monday: A lovely tautology

Buddhism, mindfulness, Spirituality
In last week's Mindful Monday post, I quoted a passage from Charlotte Joko Beck's book, Nothing Special, about the rocky road of mindfulness and meditation practice. Beck notes that everyone's life path is filled with sharp rocks, and if we practice well, we begin to see them as diamonds and "appreciate the opportunity that they give, [embracing] them rather than running away from them. This is the end of complaints about our life." Though the end of complaining about life sounds fabulous, it's hard to imagine it's possible to do by welcoming the very problems and people we find so hard. Beck counters by saying that opening to difficulty rather than hiding from it or substituting something for it helps us understand that "an enjoyable life includes heartache, disappointment, grief. That's ...