Life is so busy and that fullness is often the excuse to not listen, I mean to really listen. Listening is a wonderful gift of presence. We are reminded to be present and listen to others, really listen to what they are saying, without judging, and without planning our response before hearing the other. Listening … More Are you Really Listening?
Still, alert, quiet, beautiful – all of these qualities can be found in nature. Sometimes the silence can be almost deafening. The air may quickly change from stillness to a gentle fluttering heard through the leaves, to the howling, tree-bending gusts of a storm. Generally, we don’t hear the movement of air until it hits … More Whispers on the Wind
Three components of meditation are active in both Generative Stage practice and in a meditator’s intention to benefit the world. They are: the ability to focus one’s mind in a tranquil and steady acute manner, the quality of energy that one chooses to work with or that is being generated by the meditative act/focus, and … More Generative: All phenomena are insubstantial by nature.
A rally for peace took place in Boston yesterday, covered only by the local news. As a result, only the violent or anti demonstrations are being seen on the national news. Yet, the potential for goodness and respect in all people is equal. Likewise, on the BBC news yesterday, a report explained how the Sudan … More Generative: Vast potential
I was unsure of my way as I drove through lower Ontario recently. An information center appeared before me, and relieved I went in. A young woman behind the counter smiled and gave simple clear directions. As she told me the way to go, she wrote the highway junctures for the 4 hour drive –upside … More Generative: Recognizing pure Being in others
How many ways are there to remedy a situation? As many as necessary. Just as there “are many roads to Rome,” any number of factors can be addressed in a situation, in each person involved, or in the emotions or beliefs or conditions of a situation. Medicine Buddha represents the wisdom that brings forward just … More Generative: Medicine Buddha, skillful means and remedies
Distraction effects us all the time. But it is blatantly obvious when one is trying to meditate. Arising thoughts can be seemingly purposeful or not. Examples of such include thoughts related to work, family, friends, or one’s self, cravings for kind words or an easy day or a taste on the palate. These seem to … More Addressing Distraction