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Mindful Monday: The path of the warrior

Mindful Monday: The path of the warrior

awareness, Buddhism, mindfulness, spiritual practice
"To stay with the shakiness -- to stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge -- that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not panic -- this is the spiritual path. Getting the knack of catching ourselves, of gently and compassionately catching ourselves, is the path of the warrior. [...] Every day we could think about the aggression in the world, in New York, Los Angeles, Halifax, Taiwan, Beirut, Kuwait, Somalia, Iraq, everywhere. All over the world, everybody always strikes out at the enemy, and the pain escalates forever. Every day we could reflect on this and ask ourselves, "Am I going to add to the aggression in the world?" Every day...
Mindful Monday: Leaving the smelly nest

Mindful Monday: Leaving the smelly nest

body, Buddhism, Spirituality
Have you ever been ill for a long time, and nothing you've tried seems to help? Have you ever been sick and tired of being sick and tired, as the saying goes? I have been that sick and tired... and scared because of it. But I'm even more tired of continuing to be afraid of what sickness brings or might portend. Certainly there are times in our lives when we need to withdraw in order to heal, but we can let that time drag on too long and not push ourselves -- gently -- to resume our lives to whatever extent we can manage. We know this to be true, but when we're in the thick of the suffering and fear that can accompany illness, it may not be readily apparent to us. We can make a different choice at any time. Yesterday, I came across a gem of a thought by Pema Chödrön that speaks to paral