I can always predict the answer by the look on their faces when I ask students; “how’s your practice” going?
The “Big C” is used most often as a euphemism for cancer. But there is another “big C” I wish to explore. It’s called “CHANGE”. Specifically I am referring to change of self…a change of self that begins with embracing our fears, anxieties, doubts and other aversions that may prevent us from achieving personal fulfillment and the ability to experience the present joys of life as we move forward on our path.
Why do we spend so much effort searching for happiness in its’ external and impermanent forms when we already possess happiness in its’ most lasting and vital form? Many believe if we find the perfect job or the perfect mate or win the lottery, drive a luxury car, or indulge in sensual pleasures, etc., that “at last” we will “live happily ever after”.
Embedded in our heart and mind is the will to survive. Life is full of trials and tribulations of all sizes. Sometime we are personally affected and sometimes we are observers. But they always test our resolve to see the light after the darkest of storms and to help those in the midst of their own storm see that light as well. Now is one of those times….
We have been living this past week and probably for days to come with the physical devastation and emotional tribulations of a flood created by the winds of Mother Nature. But with this flood, we are borne witness to another type of flood created by the forces of Human Nature. It is a flood of Human Spirit flowing with Kindness.
Say “Myth-communication” really fast 10 times…..or not! In an effort to dispel the “woo-woo” element that sometimes is associated with such a practice, I just wanted to assure those who may be a bit dubious about such an endeavor that Mindfulness or Meditation is no more dangerous than lying on a beach, soaking in a bathtub or sitting in the grass watching the clouds roll by.