Focusing on something called “Zen practice” is not necessary. If from morning to night we just took care of one thing after another, thoroughly and completely and without accompanying thoughts, such as “I’m a good person for doing this” or “Isn’t it wonderful that I can take care of everything?,” then that would be sufficient. -- Joko Beck What are you noticing about your thoughts in the present moment? ... for Mindful Monday ... Photo credit: "washing dishes," bnilsen, 2012.
"I live in an apartment with a view of the Hudson River. I love to sit by my window and watch it roll by. Sometimes, when the tide is coming in, you can actually see the currents moving upstream. The Indians called the Hudson 'The River that Runs Both Ways.' And I love to sit and watch the tall ships that sail up the Hudson on Independence Day, their masts reaching toward the sky, their white sails billowing out in the breeze, their teak decks reflecting the morning sun. I see the river as a metaphor for our lives: We ebb and flow, ebb and flow, and then we are carried out to merge with the sea. And I see the tall ships as magical vessels, one of which may come some day to pick me up and take me on a long journey—an adventure, really—into uncharted waters." --Jack Poggi What are you no
It's good to remember that what we're doing is Awareness Practice, not Figure-It-Out Practice. "Figuring it out" is what ego talks people into "doing" because a person can go around in circles for a lifetime, trying to figure out the imaginary, dualistic world of [conditioned mind], which cannot be figured out because it's not real. If you keep paying attention, all will be revealed. If you go up into conditioned mind, you'll miss the opportunity to see what you're looking for. - Cheri Huber Are you practicing awareness, or are you trying to figure it out? ... for Mindful Monday ... Photo credit: "Rubik's Cube," Sonny Abesamis, 2013.