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365 Days of Inspiration –  Daily Affirmations and Insights for Living a Joyful Life of Empowered Consciousness

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Day 62

Affirmation:

I accept that all life is in a constant state of flux.

I accept impermanence as an inherent part of living in the natural world.

I do not cling to life, people, things or experiences.

I understand that everything is impermanent and eventually gives way to something else.

I deeply appreciate my life and its holdings while they are present, knowing they can change or cease to be at any time.


A core tenet of Buddhist philosophy is that humans suffer when they cling to that which is impermanent.   The Buddha taught that liberation from suffering can be found by living in a state of non-attachment, which is realized when impermanence is understood to the true nature of the phenomenal world.  Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike can benefit from this simple understanding.  Impermanence tells us that all things of the world are in a constant state of change and that anything that originates is subject to cessation.  Impermanence is easily understood when thinking in terms of death and decay, but circumstance and choice can also create endings.  I once witnessed a young mother become inconsolable when her toddler broke a glass bird she’d had since childhood.  The child was punished and made to suffer for his age-appropriate accident.  She cried for hours, and talked about the incident for weeks.  Everyone around her suffered for the loss of this little object.  The incident was extreme but a beautiful example of how we cling to objects.  We also cling – or attach ourselves – to situations, jobs, events, lifestyles, such that when they change or end, suffering ensues.  Perhaps the form of attachment that creates the most suffering is our attachment to each other.  Relationships are wrought with attachment.  Parents cling to children who must grow up and move on, and many a divorce lawyer has filled his coffer when one spouse clings to another who seeks change.  But when we embrace impermanence we understand that life has cycles, that relationships may end, and that items break or are lost.   Non-attachment does not mean de-tachment.  It means appreciating the thing, person and experience in the moment, with an acceptance of the reality that the only certainty is change.  Accepting impermanence has the ability to instill a deep and meaningful reverence for what exists now, a true presence in life’s moments and promote a greater passion for living life fully.  Just as the tree sheds its leaves seasonally and the caterpillar becomes the butterfly, so too are we and our lives a part of the natural reality of impermanence.

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Day 21

Affirmation:

There is no obstacle that can’t be overcome.

There is no problem without a solution.

I will not be diminished by my circumstances.


As frustrating as roadblocks in life can be, there are none that can’t be overcome.  If met with an obstacle in our path we can look for ways around, over, or even under it.  If still no solution is apparent, we can seek Divine guidance and trust that a way to handle the situation will reveal itself.  Most of the time we don’t really need to rush to find an answer – though we might think we do – and forcing one is rarely helpful in the long-term . Remember, if we worry or fight against a problem we only create resistance to finding a positive outcome but if we can approach it with an empowered and calm surety we create an opening for a solution to be known and a way forward to be shown.

 

 

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Day 11

Affirmation:

I am grateful for positive changes in my life.

I stay in balance through change by consciously making time to be still, to release anxiety, and to breathe.

 


 

Even the very best changes can be overwhelming and cause us anxiety, and when we’re anxious we forget to breathe, we forget to pause.  Unreleased chronic tension can take it’s toll, even manifesting as pain and illness. It’s important during any time of change, to step away from it occasionally, doing nothing but focusing on being still, present and breathing deeply.

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Day 113

Affirmation:

I respect the choices of others and ask the same of them.

I walk the path to wholeness that is right for me.

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There are as many spiritual paths as there are travelers.   No singular way can be right for every person- each  heart and every soul are in search of their own unique home.  Buddhism, Judaism, Muslim, Shinto, Gnosticism, New Age Spirituality, Wicca, and the thousands of other paths to wholeness,  each hold merit for the one who has chosen it.  It is important to follow the road (or roads) that meet the needs of your inner being, regardless of the opinions of others.  It is equally important that we ask that our choices be respected.   And,  just as we ourselves ask for respect, so too must we respect the way of others.  On this day, as many choose to honor one of the world’s great teachers-Yeshua ben Joseph /Jesus-  we can appreciate his messages of loving respect and tolerance  “Judge not, that you be not judged.” (Matthew 7:1).  And, “And as you would have that men should treat you,  treat them likewise.”  (Luke 6:31).  And,   “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Matthew 22:39)

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Day 29

Affirmation:

I will eat one meal with complete mindfulness.

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There are Buddhist monks and other practitioners who use eating as an opportunity to practice mindfulness.   What that means is that while they are eating they are eating.  That is–  they are ONLY eating.   They do not talk during meals and their every movement and every thought is related to the meal and eating.  

Their thoughts are of gratitude for the grain which gave up its life force and the many hands that saw it go from cultivation to consumption.  They view eating as a divine marriage between the food and the one eating it.  They reflect with awe and humility on the perfection of the body as it takes part in the meal.  Hands that take food from bowl to mouth, a sense of taste that recognizes the earthy flavor, a digestive system that turns a grain of rice into sustenance, all parts in the process are acknowledged and honoured.    They feel, taste, smell, appreciate, unite, and fully engage in what becomes a sacred communion.   I, on the other hand, have actually eaten so fast and so absent-mindedly that I’ve not remembered eating at all.  I like the idea of consciously becoming one with my food.  I especially like the idea of being fully present in the act of eating and appreciating the many, many who have made it possible.   So today, even if it means eating in the closet or the garage so that I’m not disturbed, I’ll eat one meal with the divine grace of a monk.  

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