We get stopped, so many of us, because we don’t trust ourselves. We don’t trust our own natures to guide us. Instead, we keep our focus on our desires and goals and then get frightened we won’t get them. Concentrating on our worries, we ignore the constant guidance given to us in each moment.
Zen and Meditation
Want to be kinder and more loving to others? You have to stop beating yourself up about not being loving to others. Start by being more loving to yourself!
“The sun in the sky shines everywhere, why does a cloud obscure it?” Kong-ans (koans) are word puzzles which are used in the Zen tradition of which I am a part to help us deal with the conundrums of life. If you can penetrate the conundrums presented to you by your teacher, then maybe you […]
What if we accept that our existence really holds no meaning? What if agree that the planet is really past the point where we can help it? Might that then free up our energy to actually help?
The purpose of life is to find the seed of your own compassion and then to help grow that seed in others, says Zen Master Soeng Hyang. My daughter agrees…
What if, in conflict, we thought as no person is our enemy? What if it is misunderstanding, extreme desire and anger that cause poor behavior? Then, are not misunderstanding, extreme desire and anger are our only enemies? So if we want to stop conflict, shouldnt we reduce misunderstanding, extreme desire and anger?
What might meditation bring you? I don’t know. It is for you to find out. But here is a post of what a recent retreat brought me and some meditation instruction that will help you find out what meditation would bring you, too.
Acceptance is a strangely loaded word. Self-help gurus sometimes say that if we accept things then we won’t try to change them. Social justice advocates sometimes say that if we accept the world as it is then we won’t take the actions necessary to bring about true justice. We need our fear, anger and discontentment, people say, to motivate us. But what if there is something better?