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Mindful Monday: It’s not you

Mindful Monday: It’s not you

Buddhism, meditation, mindfulness
"What a relief it was for me to go to my first meditation retreat and hear people who seemed quite happy speak the truth so clearly – the First Noble Truth that life is difficult and painful, just by its nature, not because we’re doing it wrong.” --Sylvia Boorstein, as quoted by Jack Kornfield What are you noticing about "doing it wrong" ? ... for Mindful Monday Source: Kornfield, Jack. The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology. New York: Bantam Dell, 2008,  p. 126. Photo credit: "Meditation," Konstantin Stepanov, 2012.

Mindful Monday: Pain is part of it

Buddhism, mindfulness, Pain and Suffering, Spirituality
"My heart was a raw wound. Absolutely nothing could stop the pain pouring out of it. Then it hit me: maybe I was in the 'actual real-time situation' after all, and pain was just part of it. I was in the moment -- the moment just sucked. Just because you hurt doesn't mean you're doing something wrong, that you're weak, dumb, selfish, or hopelessly screwed up. If life is suffering, then pain simply means that you're alive. The excruciating ache in my heart was proof that there was blood beating there. Zen practice, like life itself, is not about floating above your problems but passing through them, like the proverbial lotus flower rising from the murky depths of its own source, coming up for air, for light, for beauty, for all of those reasons that things keep living, growing, and returning...

Mindful Monday: Carry that weight

Buddhism, mindfulness, Spirituality
"Suffering is derived from the Latin word ferre, which means 'to bear' or 'to carry.' Helen Luke, the late Jungian analyst and classics scholar, likens the true meaning of conscious human suffering to a wagon bearing a load. She contrasts this definition of suffering with grief, from the Latin word gravare, which  refers to 'the sense of being pressed down,' and affliction, from the Latin word fligere, which means 'to be struck down, as by a blow.' When you deny or resist the experience of your own suffering, you are unwilling to consciously bear it. It is this resistance to accepting your life just as it is that makes suffering ignoble, despicable, and shameful. It is a mistake in perception that can cause you additional suffering. In the First Insight [of the First Noble Truth] the Buddh...