Rejoicing is the act of letting joy back into our life. It creates the favourable environment for healing by lightening [...]
Healing is, in part, the letting go of our clinging to the past, the future, or a reality that won’t come true. It isn’t the giving up of hope, but a setting aside of unrealistic expectations. The Buddha has identified the source of our suffering and heartache as our clinging mind, or what I like [...]
Sometimes we need to let loose a bit in our meditation in order to let in (or out) something beneficial. One of my favourite is this body of light meditation. It allows me to bring my power of imagination into my mindfulness of breathing practice; the end-result is usually unexpected.
Who knows when a [...]
One lesson I have learned from the Buddhist teachings is this possibility of enhancing our natural sense of love and concern for self or others. Before coming into contact with such a teaching, I have unconsciously carried around with me the idea that there is not much I can do with the amount of [...]
It is almost universal for anyone beginning a meditation practice to find his or her mind distracted away from the object of meditation, got lost in those endless loops of thinking, remembering, fantasizing and so on. And there is also the opposite experience–the mind feeling heavy, dull, and drowsy, eventually falling asleep on the cushion.
It is possible to lead your mind down one path consciously in meditation, only to get it to experience something totally different and unexpected as a result of that. You can literally play tricks with your mind in order to explore what is possible.
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