Wise Relationship

This is a wise essay, very timely, on how we can work to disentangle ourselves from the suffering that often surrounds us in dealing with relationships. Wise Relationship: Ninth Step on the Eightfold Noble Path Also, remember that we will be taking a break for a few weeks from the Sunday meditations! As always, you […]

Some thoughts on right view

We might want to call it right view…but whatever, it’s the first in the 8-fold path. What Is Right View?

Kindness

Naomi Shihab Nye’s Beloved Ode to Kindness, Animated  

Alan Watts on Freedom from the Future

Related to my weird vaccine story at the bottom of the stairs: this is a really good read: Alan Watts on Love, the Meaning of Freedom, and the Only Real Antidote to Fear  

Habitual anxiety

Interesting class today; thanks for the input. Here’s the article I used: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_anxiety_hides_in_your_habits

Many Flavors

If you want to meditate, I think it’s important to carefully examine what you’re being taught. Interestingly, the Headspace page indicates how many types of meditation there are out there (this is only a sampling! https://www.headspace.com/meditation/techniques Another good explanation of how mindfulness came from certain Buddhist techniques and blossomed into many, many therapies: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/what-does-mindfulness-meditation-do-to-your-brain/ A […]

“Regulating” Emotions

Here are some questions we might contemplate: what exactly is an emotion and how do we recognize emotions via our thoughts? When does an emotion become a mood, a thought, a body pain? When does thinking trigger an emotion and vice versa? You can explore this in your sitting. This is a good overview and […]

Playing and Meditating

We talked about playfulness today: what can we do with our meditation experience that might make it fun or interesting or even playful? I also pointed out some interesting studies and thought about how play is really part of our basic nature. We also were entertained by Kevin’s dog and cat basically acting out the […]

Two Goals of Meditation

This is a lovely article from Stephen Batchelor on the benefits of meditation: “We start to meditate because of individual circumstances and choices. However soon we find that two kinds of goals and aspirations inspire us to persevere on the meditative path. ” From Stephen Batchelor https://www.stephenbatchelor.org/index.php/en/benefits-of-meditation I found out that the quote about the […]