Saturday, October 24

Tag: Zen Monastery Peace Center

Mindful Monday: Stay out of the Roadhouse!

Buddhism, mindfulness, Poetry, Spirituality
Currently, I'm taking a month-long email class with Cheri Huber, the Guide at Zen Monastery Peace Center. The class exercises aim to wake us from the trance of ego-identity's voice in our heads, or what Huber calls egocentric karmic conditioning/self-hate. As I was practicing one of the exercises last week, I was struck anew by the extent to which my inner wisdom extends compassion and mercy to other people who are struggling with emotional pain, but when I'm in similar pain myself, my ego-identity voice takes charge and administers verbal self-beatings rather than compassion. As a result of that voice's lifelong dictatorship, I suffer almost constantly. The "reign of terror" is in large measure responsible for the chronic depression and anxiety I have struggled with most of my adult life ...

Mindful Monday: Pocket Guru

Buddhism, mindfulness, Spirituality
Last Monday, I wrote about the "Stop, Drop, and Text" program sponsored by the Zen Monastery Peace Center. I've participated for two of the four weeks now and find it very helpful. Three times a day, I actually remember to "wake up" and text my facilitator about what inner process/sensation and emotions are occurring and how I'm attempting to work with them. S/he gives supportive and insightful assistance almost every time. It's like having a pocket guru. (1) When I was afraid, Pocket Guru said, "Who or what is afraid? Is that you or some piece of conditioning?" (2) When I felt sick at heart, Pocket Guru suggested, "It would be interesting to practice holding that sick feeling in your loving attention and see what happens." (3) I requested help dealing with worry, saying that I knew wha...
Mindful Monday: Scam Alert

Mindful Monday: Scam Alert

Buddhism, inner peace, mindfulness, Spirituality
Last week, I started a mindfulness practice called Stop, Drop, and Text, sponsored by the Zen Monastery Peace Center and I wrote about Stop, Drop, and Text back in April, fully intending to sign up for the first practice session. I forgot. So much for mindfulness. However, I got organized when I heard the series would be offered again, signed up in time, and have been at it a week now. The Stop, Drop, and Text practice asks for a commitment to a four-week, text-based correspondence in which the student texts a trained facilitator three times a day about his/her mental “process” in that moment. The text includes three components: identifying (1) what process is happening in your perception of your experience, (2) what you are seeing about that process, and (3) where yo...