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Ficus religiosa

Ficus religiosa (Photo credit: Eric Hunt.)

“We could all afford to be a little more genuine, a little more authentic, couldn’t we? Why is it that we need to grow old before understand how much joy there is to be found in doing the simple things that reflect and embrace our essential joy and goodness?”
~~ Lama Surya Das, From Awakening to the Sacred

Sometimes we need to schedule time to find ourselves and take stock of our situation.

Using meditation as this time is a great practice, especially when you are dealing with a lot of challenges, i.e., being a caregiver, having a stressful job, or experiencing a lot of upheaval.

It is always helpful to practice while life is going well and the waters are calm.  Science tells us that even 2 minutes a day enhances our coping, calms our nervous system, and helps to bring us back to balance.

I would gently challenge anyone who says that they don’t have that kind of time.

I say that because I challenge myself daily to find the time.

You can find time to practice mindfulness while walking to the mailbox at work, when washing dishes, or even going to the bathroom.  Put down the magazine, turn off the computer and bring your breath into focus.

Don’t wait until you are old and looking back on life. You will find that with minimal effort, you will find more and more of your essential nature.

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Here is a MP3 that I recently downloaded on Itunes… a little different than the chanting from Plum Village or from Lama Surya Das but am enjoying it nonetheless.

Here is C.C. White:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_62uT3pODHw

And here she is with Dave Stringer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkF9xibwVOw&feature=related

Here is CC’s website… http://www.soulkirtan.com/

So, enjoy!

~~Jennifer

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Upaya's Zendo Green Tara

Here is a track from Lama Surya DasChants to Awaken the Buddhist Heart with Steven Halpren

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFwFM2FmU9Y

 

I’ve been listening to this MP3 a lot this month.  Mostly listening to the Heart Sutra.

http://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/greentara — Click here for an explanation of the chant.

If you have a favorite chant that you use on the cushion, please leave a comment and share with us!

Much happiness and peace,

Jen

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365.40 - studying

365.40 - studying (Photo credit: anathea)

Practicing With Loss

Loss is a fact of life. Impermanence is everywhere we look. We are all going to suffer our losses. How we deal with these losses is what makes all the difference. For it is not what happens to us that determines our character, our experience, our karma, and our destiny, but how we relate to what happens.

~~Lama Surya Das

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