|3 Apr 2008 @ 15:46, by Gerald Vest|
"How we live, what is happening in our lives, how we are affected by our experience—this is the ground of reality, and the source of spiritual awareness."Tarthang Tulku, Gesture of Balance
Every day from 3:30-4:15pm, as part of my social work practice with a health care program, I introduce meditation. I begin each session by introducing a short quotation from my favorite authors and teachers. I have learned that the soldiers that I work with, enjoy a progressive body meditation at the end of each day. This is a mindful or "Progressive Body Awareness Meditation" that allows the soldiers to totally relax their muscle, organ and skeletal systems. I originally learned this method from Oscar Ichazo's, Hypernostic System's Training and 40 Day Intensive Program in the early 90's.
I love to play Carolyn Myss's, Chakra Meditation video as it is very relaxing and allows participants to experience deep relaxation, often beyond words.
March 18, 2008
“The real nature of mind is free from concepts. Even though we talk about a space ‘between’, this ‘between’ does not actually exist. There is no specific hole, but in order to point to this experience we use words like ‘space’ and ‘between.’ On the surface level, there may be many manifestations, but on a deeper, more subtle level, the mind is totally open and silent."
To contact this silent place, do not put your meditation or your mind in some ‘place’. Just be open, with no holding and no center. Once you learn to directly contact this higher level of awareness, then, without needing to oppose them, you will be able to control your thoughts and emotions quite naturally, for they will become completely infused by this awareness. When you are able to surrender your concept-bound mind and enter this open, natural space between thoughts, your higher awareness will function without interruption, and your whole world may be transformed.”
Tarthang Tulku, Openness Mind,, p.110
March 19, 2008
“Forget descriptions of meditation and just sit quietly. Be very still and relaxed, and do not try to do anything. Let everything—thoughts, feelings, and concepts—go through your mind unheeded. Do not grasp at ideas or thoughts as they come and go or try to manipulate them. When you feel you have to do something in your meditation, you only make it harder. Let meditation do itself.”
Tarthang Tulku, Openness Mind, p. 31
March 20, 2008
“You should not lose your self-sufficient state of mind. This does not mean a closed mind, but actually an empty mind and a ready mind. If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.”
“In the beginner’s mind there is no thought, “I have attained something.” All self-centered thoughts limit our vast mind. When we have no thoughts of achievement, no thought of self, we are true beginners. Then we can really learn something. The beginners mind is the mind of compassion, it is boundless." Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, pp. 21-22.
March 21, 2008
“Because breathing charts the life rhythms, the way we breathe signals the disposition our energies. Agitation or excitement causes the breath to be uneven and rapid; but when we are calm and balanced, our breathing is even, slow, and soft. We can also change our mental and physical states by the way we breathe. Even when very upset, we can calm and balance ourselves by breathing slowly and evenly.”
“When you are aware of your breath, your whole life becomes balanced. Even when you find yourself in situations which arouse great anger, frustration, or pain, you can dissolve the disturbance by just being aware of your breathing, slightly paying attention and making the breath calm, slow, and rhythmical.” Tarthang Tulku, Kum Nye Relaxation, pp. 40-41
March 24, 2008
“By means of meditation we can teach our minds to be calm and balanced; within this calmness is a richness and a potential, an inner knowledge which can render our lives boundlessly satisfying and meaningful. While the mind may be what traps us in unhealthy patterns of stress and imbalance, it is also the mind which can free us. Through meditation, we can tap the healing qualities of mind.” Tarthang Tulku, Introduction to Openness Mind."
March 25, 2008
"When you clear away the judgments, criticisms, assumptions, and beliefs about your internal experience, you discover that what is left is tenderness and the ability to feel things deeply. You can be kind to yourself, not because you earned it by achieving goals or living up to an ideal, but because you possess a human heart that, when left to its own devices, comes back over and over to its natural state.
Who are we harder on than ourselves? Deep down, we’re not convinced we’re good enough at anything. Self-doubt is our constant companion. Often, we don’t know where this harsh self-criticism comes from. Our own mind? Parents? Teachers? Lifestyle magazines? We con ourselves into believing thoughts, such as I’m too needy, I’m not clever, I’m ugly/fat/old, I’m a loser, and I’m sure it’s all my fault (my personal favorite). How does one suddenly become gentle without faking it, without using gentleness itself as just another device for self-improvement?"
Abstracted from Susan Piver, Shambhalasun.com
The soldiers in this picture completed a 6 hr. stress management workshop that I administer. This program is sponsored by US Army Community Services, Ft. Bliss, TX. See our website for more information and for forthcoming training programs. [link]
12 Apr 2008 @ 23:34 by : This is a very good book on dealing
with our Anger.
April 10, 2008
"Compassionate Listening Relieves Suffering. When a person’s speech is full of anger, it is because he or she suffers deeply. Because he has so much suffering, he becomes full of bitterness. He is always ready to complain and blame others for his problems. This is why you find it very unpleasant to listen to him and try to avoid him.
To understand and transform anger, we must learn the practice of compassionate listening and using loving speech. Listening with compassion can help the other person to suffer less. Yet, even if you have the best intentions, you cannot listen deeply unless you train yourself in the art of compassionate listening. If you can sit down quietly and listen compassionately to that person for one hour, you can relieve a lot of his suffering. Listen with only one purpose: to allow the other person to express himself and find relief from his suffering. Keep compassion alive during the whole time of listening.
Listen with your whole being: eyes, ears, body, and your mind. If you know how to practice mindful breathing and can stay focused on the desire to help him find relief, then you will be able to sustain your compassion while listening." Thich Nhat Hanh, _Anger-Wisdom for Cooling the Flames_, pp. 3-4.
12 Apr 2008 @ 23:42 by a-d : I think these
go hand in hand: relating and compassion. Compassion and relating!When we can relate to pain, which by now each & every one of us SHOULD be able, there will automatically be compassion! When we have (cultivated)enough compassion we will automatically relate!( the "relating-thing" is --of course-- to the FEELING ( of sadness, pain (of guilt paired with confusion) anger, regret, hate / separation, helplessness, unsafe, abandoned, etc etc (ad nauseam))
13 Apr 2008 @ 13:55 by : Thanks for your comments, Astrid.
For sure. As we get experience in life, it would seem that we would have some wisdom to share with next generations; however, we also see more devastation--from war, profiteering, predators, politicians, deceit, lies, etc. that show us how hard change comes to many humans who don't accept that "what comes around, goes around...." And, there is much anger, grief and pain occupying humanity for sure.
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