The only lack of faith I have is in myself. Mindfulness makes it easier to see exactly where I am, and what is going on. Still, it doesn’t always provide me with the answers I need to adjust the way I do things. How does one shift to a healthier, saner way of being? I’m sure I’ll figure it out. Time to find my cushion, methinks….
In keeping with my current explorations of mindfulness in the everyday, does anyone have a favorite book on mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh? Or another book/source of Dharma that springs to mind as a favorite/something really useful? If anyone has a suggestion, I’m all (very grateful) ears!
(Oh – I should add – two I’ve contemplated are The Miracle of Mindfulness and Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life.)
Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of seeing and relating deeply to every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony with the activities of our daily living. With practice, our mindfulness becomes more joyful, relaxed and steady.
This is the great gift and privilege of participating in the Sangha (community of those who practice together). We are bells of mindfulness for each other, supporting and reminding each other along the path of practice. With the support of the community, we can practice to cultivate peace and joy within and around us, as a gift for all of those whom we love and care for. We can cultivate our solidity and freedom – solid in our deepest aspiration and free from our fears, misunderstandings and our suffering.
Thought this was apropos to my current vein of contemplation….
trapped in a pen seeking to get out.
In the middle be like a farmer during harvest
not waiting for anything.
In the end be like a shepherd who has
brought the flock home.
– Paltrul Rinpoche‘s Sacred Word
Here’s some of what I’ve been reading concerning emptiness, if anyone’s interested. At all. ^_^
- The Heart Sutra, with Kalsang‘s prompting to goad me along.
- Thich Nhat Hanh‘s commentary on the Heart Sutra – The Heart of Understanding
- TinyThinker’s blog entry on the topic
- Wisdom of Emptiness – Tenzin Palmo’s Lecture
- Two essays discussing emptiness at PurifyMind.com
- Kunzang’s comments
I found a section on CNN.com called CNN Heroes. Each of the people mentioned has, as a result of their experience, seen a need to take action to make the world a better place. They come from many walks of life, but they all express loving-kindness and compassion for their fellow earthlings and/or the earth itself. They are my inspiration today, you might consider checking them out. ^_^
Thus we see that the all-important thing is not killing or giving life, drinking or not drinking, living in the town or the country, being lucky or unlucky, winning or losing. It is how we win, how we lose, how we live or die; finally, how we choose. We walk, and our religion is shown (even to the dullest and most insensitive person), in how we walk. Living in this world means choosing, and the way we choose to walk is infallibly and perfectly expressed in the walk itself.