Seeds of peace grow peace, which plants seeds of peace.—Ben Connelly
Getting Real About Spirituality
“Many people try to find a spiritual path where they do not have to face themselves but… we have to be honest with ourselves. We have to see our gut, our real shit, our most undesirable parts… That is the foundation of… conquering fear. We have to face our fear; we have to look at it, study it, work with it, and practice meditation with it.”
― Chögyam Trungpa, Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery
Once, long, long ago, a large group of monks settled down for the three-month rainy- season retreat in a beautiful forest in the foothills of the Himalayas.
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“You should benefit self and others alike.”
~~Dogen Zenji, Bodhisattvas Four Methods of Guidance
Often, when I find myself with too much work, or when I’m feeling under appreciated, or fatigued, or otherwise stressed, I notice that my mind, as if on auto-pilot, has dialed in one of my most habitual internal channels. I call it, Negative Self-Talk Radio. If you’re anything like me, I’m sure you know it from personal experience. This is the channel in the mind that’s non-stop blaming and nagging, with nearly never a commercial interruption. However, we can always tune in to Kind Speech!
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Do You Ever Feel Shut Down?
There are times when I feel up tight, when my heart feels contracted and shut down. When I’m in this state and my whole inner world seems smoggy and toxic, I feel a little desperate to feel something better; I’m thirsty to feel even just a tiny bit better.
This kind of shut-in-and-closed-off experience can happen when I’m in heavy, rush-hour traffic, or when I wake up to the barbed sensations around my pounding heart in another three-in-the-morning anxiety attack.
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