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Thursday, November 24, 2011

I am thankful

for my sangha, or community -- in person, online, and especially for those who come on Wednesday nights. Blessings to you!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Others' happiness

The happiness or suffering of other depends on their actions, not my wishes for them.
-- the Buddha

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Never underestimate the power of compassionately knowing what's going on

‎"Awareness is the key. Do we see the stories that we're telling ourselves and question their validity? When we are distracted by strong emotion, do we remember that it is our path? Can we feel the emotion and breathe it into our hearts for ourselves and everyone else? If we can remember to experiment like this even occasionally, we are training as a warrior. And when we can't practice when distracted but KNOW that we can't, we are still training well. Never underestimate the power of compassionately recognizing what's going on."
Pema Chodron

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Meditate at home

Just because you don't have electrical power doesn't mean you don't have power over anything. Your thoughts, for instance.

No meditation tonight at Samadhi, but find a place to sit and follow your breath. It doesn't have to be perfectly quiet. It doesn't have to be warm. It doesn't have to be for long. Just be with your breath, notice the temperature, hear that there is noise, but then come back to the breath. No stories for now.

And see if you can breath and know that you are breathing and let that be enough.