Be Here Now

thank you

Today! It’s A Gift!

The most inspiring short video about practice I’ve seen this year is from Brother David Steindl-Rast’s Gratefulness.org. The video is less than 6-minutes. And it’s filled with beautiful landscapes and shots of people doing the ordinary yet amazing things people do to make their ordinary lives.   The video invites us to take up the here and now practice of gratitude.  It asks, “Do you think this is just another day in your life?” Then answers, “It’s not just another day.  It’s the one day that is given to you.  Today!  It’s a gift.”

May Everyone You Meet Today Be Blessed By Your Presence!

So, because I love the beauty of the images and the sentiments and the practice Brother David shares in this video, I offer it as a gift to you.  I hope you’ll take a few quiet moments today or tomorrow and watch.

“Please open your heart to all life’s blessings and let them flow through you.” ~David Steindl-Rast

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NOW

Now, the Best Teacher

What we’re learning in Buddhist practice, and in Buddhist meditation specifically, is to let go of our attachments and our aversions, our likes, dislikes, and biases so we can rest and relax in now. The pure potential of being in every moment is now. Fortunately, we have unrestricted access to now. That’s fortunate because now is the most instructive teacher we could ever have.

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Cherry Blossoms

“Buddhism… Schmuddhism,” Just Wake Up!

Okay, I love the point, so I borrowed the “Buddhism Schmuddhism,” thing from Lama Surya Das.  His point?  The point?  Don’t bother becoming a Buddhist, or becoming  anything at all, for that matter.  Just wake up to the way things are now, to the way you are now.  Wake up to your life. Grow your inner goodness. Be the wide open knowing at your center.  Fall in love with and share your gifts.  Live who you truly are. Not tomorrow, not last week, live right now.

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It's Enough

Awakened Action and Letting Go

Though I was thirteen when the song Me and Bobby McGee came out, as I listened to Janice Joplin sing, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose…” those words touched my heart and blew my mind and I still love that lyric to this day. Then I loved the rebelliousness of the lyric.  Now I feel and think that having “nothing left to lose” is just another way to say “Awakened.”  And those who have nothing left to lose are capable of what we need more of today, which is Awakened Action.

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Just Wake Up

“Buddhism Schmuddhism,” Just Wake Up!

Okay, I love the point.  So I borrowed the “Buddhism Schmuddhism,” thing from Lama Surya Das.  His point?  The point?  Don’t bother becoming a Buddhist, or becoming  anything at all, for that matter.  Just wake up to the way things are now, to the way you are now.  Wake up to your life. Grow your inner goodness. Be the wide open knowing at your center.  Fall in love with and share your gifts.  Live who you truly are. Not tomorrow, not last week, live right now.

Continue reading “Buddhism Schmuddhism,” Just Wake Up!