Part Four of my commentary and translation of the Hsin Hsin Ming.
The breath isn’t for everyone. Here are some other meditation objects to try out.
Even though anapanasati isn’t orthodox Zen, there’s no reason why it can’t be. It’s such a simple practice that can bring so much joy and ease into life, and we desperately need more of that in the world.
through study and practice, we can kind of hijack that inner critic and turn it into an inner guide.
When we stop trying to be and just are, being does the work for us.
I only use “mindfulness” in titles because that’s the word everyone knows. In actual speech and writing, I say sati because that’s what it’s originally called. Plus, since it’s a Pali word, it isn’t as loaded with bad habits as “mindfulness” is. I like using the ROAR acronym to describe sati. Relax, observe, analyze, recognize. […]
We often feel like our minds are spinning in circles, don’t we? We get caught in repetitive thoughts, feelings, desires, and actions. But we’re not actually spinning in circles, we’re moving back and forth along a straight line—like Pong. We’re engaging in one-sidedness.
When we carry an insult with us, that’s like picking up the person who insulted us and walking around with them on our backs all day.
When we get lost in thought, lost in our own stories, that’s taking thought out of its natural habitat and putting it in a zoo. That’s why we often feel trapped in our lives or stuck in our heads.
Whenever we get too big for our britches, we suffer. It’s like we look at life the same way we look at the board game Life. Spin the wheel, move a few squares, get a card. Spin the wheel, move a few squares, get a card… But real life is different than that because there […]