It’s not that the point of practice is to avoid feeling hurt. What we call ‘hurt’ still happens: I may lose my job; an earthquake may destroy my house. But practice helps me to handle crises, to take them in stride. So long as we are immersed in our hurt, we’ll be a bundle of woe that is of little use to anybody. If we’re not wrapped up in our melodrama of pain, on the other hand, even during a crisis we can be of use.
Op de site Greater Good in Action – Science-based Practices for a Meaningful Life – van de Universiteit van Californië te Berkeley, zijn simpele oefeningen te vinden om ons algehele gevoel van welbevinden te vergroten. De oefeningen zijn makkelijk te vinden op categorie (bijv. compassie, verbondenheid en optimisme), maar ook op de hoeveelheid tijd die de oefening kost en de moeilijkheidsgraad.
Als voorbeeld hieronder de link naar een oefening om ons gevoel van verbondenheid te vergroten:
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Casual |1x/month | 10+ mins
Once you merge your tracks into the stream of Zen, you spend your days silencing your mind and studying with your whole being. You realize that this Great Cause is not obtained from anyone else but is just a matter of taking up the task boldly and strongly, and making constant progress. Day by day you shed your delusions, and day by day you enhance your clarity of mind.
Your potential for enlightened perception is like fine gold that is to be refined hundreds and thousands of times. What is essential for getting out of the dusts, what is basic for helping living creatures, is that you must penetrate through freely in all directions and arrive at peace and security free from doubt and attain the stage of great potential and great function.
This work is located precisely in your own inner actions. It is just a matter of being in the midst of the interplay of the myriad causal conditions every day, in the confusion of the red dusts, amid favorable and adverse circumstances and gain and loss, appearing and disappearing in their midst, without being affected and “turned around” by them, but on the contrary, being able to transform them and “turn them around.”
When you are leaping with life and water cannot wet you, this is your own measure of power. You reach an empty, solidified silence, but there is no duality between emptiness and form or silence and noise. You equalize all sorts of wondrous sayings and perilous devices and absolute perceptions; ultimately there is no gain or loss, and it is all your own to use.
When you go on “grinding and polishing” like this for a long time, you are liberated right in the midst of birth and death, and you look upon the world’s useless reputation and ruinous profit as mere dust in the wind, as a dream, as a magical apparition, as an optical illusion. Set free, you pass through the world. Isn’t this what it means to be a great saint who has emerged from the dusts of sensory attachments?
Gray Wolf made one of her rare visits to the circle, and after a talk by Raven she remarked, “The goal of practice seems to be just more practice.”
Raven bobbed his head. “Well?”
Gray Wolf hesitated, and then asked, “So there’s no end to it?”
Raven hopped down from his perch to a little hummock beside
Gray Wolf, put his beak to her ear, and murmured, “Thank goodness.”
Geleide meditatie in het bos om verwondering/ontzag/eerbied te ervaren. Het ervaren van korte momenten van ontzag (Engels: ‘awe’) maakt mensen o.a. altruïstischer, bescheidener en bewuster van de kracht in anderen en minder gestresst onder uitdagingen in het leven van alledag.
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“Coming out of these experiences of awe, we often feel a sense of wonder. The striking thing, once you really start to think about awe and try to practice it in your life, is how omnipresent it is. As you move through your day, take note of the moments that bring you wonder, that give you goosebumps: These are your opportunities for awe.
Go out and find your awe moments and listen to them carefully; see where they guide you. What you’ll find, in how they stir humility and wonder, is that they will point you towards what you’re supposed to do while you’re here on Earth. ” – Greater Good Science Center
maak het jezelf gemakkelijk door voor jezelf een ruimte te creëren
waarin je mag zijn zonder te moeten,
een ruimte waarin geen moeten is, waarin geen eisen zijn.
een ruimte waarin je adem door je lichaam kan stromen
zoals je adem nu stroomt,
en in die ruimte te merken hoe je lichaam nu is
hoe je ademhaling nu is,
zonder eisen en zonder moeten