Tag: suffering

Mindful Monday: We become what we think

Spirituality
We are shaped by our thoughts. We become what we think. -- Buddha Cheri Huber, the guiding teacher at Zen Monastery Peace Center in Murphys, CA, adds, "What you practice is what you have. The quality of your life is determined by the focus of your attention. [...] Repeating 'I’ll never be good at this' while learning a new skill does not lead to 'Yes, I’m good at this.' Worrying about the future won’t help you have a better future. Worrying about the future will help you have a future of worrying about the future. The only thing you will ever get from life is what you are doing in the moment. What you do is what you get. "Our lives are the result of what we give our attention to.  If you practice 'overwhelmed with work' or 'I should be different,' [...] that's the life experience you wil

Mindful Monday: Stealing your own vegetables

Spirituality
I must have been simple or drunk or insane to sneak into my own house and steal money, to climb over the fence and take my own vegetables. But no more. I've gotten free of that ignorant fist That was pinching and twisting my secret self. --Rumi Unclenching the "ignorant fist" that is the running commentary in our minds is a most worthwhile aspiration. When we let the habitually negative judgments of ourselves, others, situations, and events degrade the quality of our lives, we pinch and twist our inner self. We can spend our entire lifetime lost in delusions of our own creation. Talk about masochistic! Come into the present moment. When we notice that we're beating ourselves up with yet another variation of the same old story of our inadequacy, we can use that noticing to wake up. If we...

Thoughtful Thursday-Is God Compassionate?

Photography, Quote, Religion, spiritual practice
Questions to ponder as you read the excerpt below. Remembering that Thoughtful Thursday is in the spirit of trying to enter into understanding of the other and of yourself. Ponder your social location prior to the reading below. Your social location is the things that make up who you are. I am a mother of two in the PacNW who has grown up wandering the US. One of my children is transgender. I work in the (in)justice system. This understanding of myself leads me to have a certain inclination in life. The first step in understanding others and entering into their reality is understanding yourself. Now, onward to the task. What does this provoke in your spirit? Can you feel something stirring in your body? Where is that located? Are you attracted or repulsed? What do you seek to understand? ...