Being a slave to our concerns is like being in debt to them. When we’re in debt, we have no real freedom in our hearts. The more we pay off our debts, the more lighthearted we’ll feel. In the same way, if we can let go of our various worries and cares, peace will arise in our hearts.—Ajaan Lee, “Sowing the Seeds of Freedom”
Posts from the ‘Being Present’ Category
“Housework is a chance to approach your life with integrity. Washing soiled laundry and cleaning out cupboards are not duties given to you as acts of penance. Each forms a vital part of your well-being. Each activity you perform is an opportunity to observe the ways mind and body can work together and how they can sometimes conflict. The mind can spend hours worrying about a simple task that will take the body only minutes to perform. Although the music may be long, the dance itself is short.”
The Zen approach to life beyond the cushion and some practical tips on how to approach various housekeeping tasks with mindfulness, adapted from Gary Thorp’s book, Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks.
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Why do we need compassion? Because life is tough. Cultivating compassion for oneself and others helps us to deal with life’s challenges.
Again mindfulness plays a key role in assisting us to break out of our psychological loops and helps with the development of compassion.
Read this article for more detail on the importance of compassion and how to cultivate this key skill.
Mindfulness is about being present. It’s about being aware of every moment. It’s the key to living a full and satisfying life.
This is a great article that very clearly explains mindfulness, offers some easy opportunities to practice mindfulness, and shows us what it is and isn’t.