Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Boundaries define our comfort zone. They can be physical or emotional. We enforce them to protect our bodies and our emotions as well. In recovery we learn to enforce our boundaries by standing up for our rights against all manner of actions by others that are inappropriate in either physical or emotional space. Physically, this could range from firm rejection of physical or sexual abuse to not permitting touching of our shoulder, leg, or other body part. Emotionally, the range might cover our need to protect ourselves from efforts to brainwash us into doing something wrong to just not letting others tease us or not responding to requests for our personal information. I have the right to indicate my unwillingness to tolerate comments that are gross or offensive and the right to insist that my personal space not be invaded. For best health, I will ensure that my boundaries are neither too rigid to allow contact with others with whom it is appropriate to open up to nor too loose to allow me to get run over. I will also respect the boundaries of others.Establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries is definitely part of a good meditative practice.
Friday, November 18, 2011
The cause of all our personal problems and nearly all the problems of the world can be summed up in a single sentence: Human life is very deep, and our modern dominant lifestyle is not.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
This is a very powerful antidote to the all too frequent obsession with "getting it right" in meditation.
Take a seat ...and just sit. .... Relax. Don't try to do anything at all. Don't try to make anything come, don't try to make anything go leave. Let everything do its own work, chart its own course. As you sit, just sit with the world, with whatever is there, all of the arisings and passings away in your mind, body, and environment. As you notice sights and sounds, thoughts and feelings, memories and anticipations, relax into them. Relax your mind and body. Actively do nothing. Make no efforts. Just sit, just be, at least for now
The mentality is this. There is nowhere that you need to go, nothing that you need to achieve, no one that you need to be....
Monday, November 14, 2011
Do one thing at a time. Edward Suarez, Ph.D., associate professor of medical psychology at Duke, found that people who multitask are more likely to have high blood pressure. Take that finding to heart. Instead of talking on the phone while you fold laundry or clean the kitchen, sit down in a comfortable chair and turn your entire attention over to the conversation. Instead of checking e-mail as you work on other projects, turn off your e-mail function until you finish the report you’re writing. This is similar to the concept of mindfulness.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
"Once people feel nourished and refreshed, they cannot help but be kind; just so, the world aches for the generosity of a well-rested people."So, let's give ourselves that nourishment and refreshment and stop telling ourselves that we don't have time to meditate...
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
"When a man feels that he cannot leave his work, it is a sure sign of an impending collapse."
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Daylight is good at arriving at the right timeIts not always going to be this greyAll things must pass
All things must pass away
All things must pass
None of lifes strings can last
So, I must be on my way
And face another day