i keep reminding myself...... of the importance of balance.... Balance stems from a sense of completeness, leading to a healthy mind. Life's circumstances cannot ever provide us with balance, or a sense of completeness. Balance comes after we learn how to deal with all our inner boogeymen, and realize that we are born with "inner… Continue reading Balance … Lack of Balance
If we say......“Time is perfect in and of itself”This statement doesn't give us much trouble. It simply states that “Time is what it is”...... and it is perfect just as it is. “This moment is perfect in and of itself”This statements might give a person some trouble. Why? Because the “contents” of this moment may… Continue reading “This moment is perfect in and of itself”
In this world....There are so many legitimate rights that can be fought for..... There are so many wrongs that need to be righted.....There are so many ideologies, which is correct and which is incorrect?There are so many beliefs.. which are correct and which are incorrect?There are so many religions.. which are correct and which are… Continue reading Treat others the way you wish to be treated – Human Ethics
The common western viewpoint of a human being, is that we are tied up in the world of good and evil. It is quite widely believed that humans have a bent towards this dark side, and if left to their own, the dark side wins out, and the person becomes bent. It is due to… Continue reading Are humans basically good or evil?
“Desire does not cause suffering; the cause of suffering is the grasping of desire…the problem is the grasping of desire not the desire itself. Grasping means being deluded by it, thinking it’s really ‘me’ and ‘mine’: ‘These desires are me’…with personal problems and obsessions, to let go of them is just that much. It is… Continue reading Desire does not cause Suffering – Ajahn Sumedho
" How many of our self-defeating and escapist practices are due to our inability to live life without "getting caught in a spiders web" of emotional reactions? " "It is our emotional REACTION to situations which makes us suffer. We CAN find a way out... a way to let go of that reaction, and when… Continue reading The Exit Door from Suffering – Emotional Reactions
i would venture to say that virtually all our “mental and emotional stress” and “discomfort” are actually due to body stress and discomfort. In the coming years, i believe it will become more and more obvious that our human “feelings” and “emotions” are largely nothing more than “intellectualized” body feelings. So, although we… Continue reading Stress, Tension and Depression – The Bodies Trick…..
This is a wonderful article about dealing with suffering, the zen students method of viewing life on this earth, and the suffering we find. It also talks about "triggering" - namely the question of whether or not, a zen teacher, when teaching their students, should give a warning like: "this following material may offend you,… Continue reading “Enough leather to cover the world” – Sensei Alex Kakuyo
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/09/your-gut-directly-connected-your-brain-newly-discovered-neuron-circuit Exerpt "The human gut is lined with more than 100 million nerve cells—it’s practically a brain unto itself. And indeed, the gut actually talks to the brain, releasing hormones into the bloodstream that, over the course of about 10 minutes, tell us how hungry it is, or that we shouldn’t have eaten an… Continue reading Body/Mind – Gut Connections
Investigating our own feelings is difficult..... Many folks go to a psychotherapist to try to unravel their feelings, and the roots behind them... The more i have learned to treat my life as a scientific research project, the more my life has begun to open up to me. Research doesn't begin with a bunch of… Continue reading Stop…Focus on your Breath… Watch