becalmed mindfulness

If you’re somewhat conscious, you can notice what your mind is doing or rather what you are letting your mind do. You are in charge after all.

IMG_0941there are times in our life when we are legitimately becalmed. It seems I have nothing to do or you have nothing to do.

Hurry up and wait

or

There is simply nothing to do.

So….what happens? Do you start entertaining yourself? Get on Instagram, check news sites, flip on the radio, check your email, messages?

If you’re somewhat conscious, you can notice what your mind is doing or rather what you are letting your mind do. You are in charge after all.

One Thing you could choose to do is experience the boredom, the nothing to do. Taste it. fee; the itchiness, the jumpiness

and not act on it

see how long you can go

five minutes

ten minutes

an hour

hours

a day

a week

see what happens!

 

Mindfulness and Passion

Us humans are not meant to be inert, joyless beings unavailable to the world around us: yet what is passion for us?

The world constantly radiates good, loving energy outward-that is its essence. How we experience this energy is ‘us’. Our many filters may not see it that way. Also being ever so human, we want to grab this energy for ourselves, go crazy with it, stuff our bellies with it, wash our hair in it, wear it as a trophy.

Yet we could simply receive this energy, let it nourish us and not try to own it or control it. If we develop faith that it is there, that it is the essence of our world we could relax and let it beam on us like the rising sun each day-we could have gratitude.

I have felt this gratitude in my life, a¬†first kiss, a deep embrace, a job successfully completed, an understanding deeply comprehended, music resonating deep in my heart, an authors words speaking to a interior longing. We are not meant to become junkies roaming about endlessly stuffing ourselves full of experiences so that we feel good about ourselves. I really don’t believe in bucket lists. We are meant to share, to give to others. We are not meant to be hoarders hanging all our trophies on the wall of our basement or all over our Facebook page, that is not real living.

It is my mind that I must work with; I must continually develop stability, confidence and faith in the buddhist teachings that I have been given.

When I am tired, lonely, upset I contract into my shell like a clam or an oyster until I am able to regain my balance.

That is the job, the essence to learn to stay open, clear, in the moment.

That terrific passion we experienced; it is meant to nourish us as it arose, to make up strong so that we might be a light unto others.

The buddhist teachings want us to see things as they are; without hope or fear. That want us to wake up and then to help others.