The Buddha wisely recommended a relaxed, calm body and a non-harming frame of mind for meditation. The Buddha said he found this path of gentle practice through reflecting on a delightful memory of safety and ease from his childhood.
Together, Dr. King and his movement worked courageously for the benefit of all who suffer from the triple afflictions of poverty, racism, and militarism. His life shows the heights people working together can achieve. I plan to set aside time today to celebrate and reflect on Dr. King’s lifework. I hope you do, too.
Techniques to De-Escalate Anger, Verbal Violence, and Conflict
For the past two days I attended an Alternatives to Violence Project workshop in Cambridge. Four facilitators and twenty-one participants gathered for the AVP workshop at the Friends Meeting House. I think we all grew in the practices of speaking peace and non-violence. At least I know that is true for me.
Because there is a two-day training in non-violence this Friday and Saturday, and because I will attend the training along with other Sweeping Heart Zen sangha members, there will be no Early Morning Meditation on September 29th.
Anger is an important, extremely unpleasant, powerful, and often destructive energy. Personally, any time I feel it, I immediately know that something I’m deeply attached to is at stake. When I feel antagonized or emotionally chafed I know that I’m clinging to some opinion or idea I hold dear in the moment. When I find myself boiling with resentment, that uncomfortable roiling around my heart prompts me to identify my personal boundaries and tells me I expect they’re about to be crossed. This kind of informative clarity might be called anger’s upside.
This week, I hoped to write a post on meeting the violence and injustice in our world with the warmth and light of our goodness and love. I wanted to talk about nonviolence, but the Sweeping Heart Zen application for tax exempt status with the IRS got in the way.
The Dhammapada and Nonviolence
What I can do is share this key passage on letting go of harming others from a collection of the Buddha’s sayings known as the Dhammapada. It has given meditation practitioners and yogis plenty to reflect on and live by for thousands of years. Continue reading Nonviolence, All Beings Love Life