This is a question that has popped up more than a few times in the last few months as I’ve scoured the web for other sites like mine, participated in forums, and responded to general inquiries sent to me via Urban Spiritual. From what I can tell, it spurns a lot of debate in the virtual world. My opinion? Yes, no, and it depends.
Until fairly recently (the last year or so), I was the type of person who didn’t see any great need to commune with others in terms of my inner life. I figured, I had my own spiritual practice, my own group of friends, my family, and I didn’t need anyone or anything else. Yet, there was arrogance and close-mindedness there.
I suppose it depends on who is reading this passage, but the way I see it, Jesus was telling his followers to be mindful. He urges us to find the silence within ourselves in the face of God, because in the light of the divine we see our truest self. In turn, we see the true nature of God, the true nature of our reality, and draw near the mind of Christ as the apostle Paul so aptly stated…
This week’s quote is taken from Benjamin Hoff’s The Tao of Pooh and it reminds us to be heedful of this moment. Pooh’s toast analogy is really quite astute. Too often, we become riveted on the past and future while we ignore the present (the toast). When this happens, we don’t notice our toast is burning until we smell it and it’s too late.… Continue Reading
On Tuesday, I discussed the importance of intention and the necessity of mindfulness in realizing clear intentions. Today, I’d like to speak about the importance of effort in achieving our goals within our mindfulness practices and in daily life.
Effort and intention really need to be at the core of anything we do that we believe is worth doing. I would argue that the two go hand in hand. You cannot really have one without the other. And you cannot clarify either without mindfulness. We use platitudes like ‘just do it’ or ‘do what you’ve gotta do.’ Of course, in essence, they are useful messages, but what do they actually entail?…
I’ve chosen this week’s quote in preparation for the Week of Mindfulness hosted by the Living+ community on Google+ with which I am directly involved as an ‘expert’ (though I’d really consider myself more of a student and seeker). I’ll be a part of a Hangout on Air (a live web broadcast) focused on intention and mindfulness this Monday, the 19th hosted by Mallika Chopra from The Chopra Well. Click here if you are interested in attending!
Forgiveness is a crafty animal to tackle. We often hear others tell us to let go, to forgive the wrongs done to us. Many of us have probably told others the same thing. Yet, we all know it’s not so easily done…
Today I’m happy to once again have my work published on lifehack.org! Here is a brief excerpt and link. Enjoy!
“We all get down on ourselves once in a while. It is a natural human instinct and can serve as a good motivation booster. Unfortunately, there are many who live daily with the notion that they will never be good enough. It is a crippling feeling that can affect any type of person from the most unsuccessful to the most successful. And why?”
“The Buddha’s last words instructed us to be heedful—to see our actions as important and to keep that importance in mind at all times.” –Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Meditations
The flickering mind
Most people who are vaguely familiar with the teachings believe that Buddhism is simply a religious form of nihilism (what a contradiction that would be). Before I began studying the buddha-dharma, I remember hearing about the concept of nirvana (or nibbāna ) and thinking how dismal it sounded. Most westerners understand nirvana as nothingness. It is half true, but we must remember that even nothingness is something.