Burnout is the feeling of exhaustion that helpers sometimes experience when they have taken on more than they can handle. But there is much we can do to prevent it, and to work with it when it occurs.
“Fixing and helping create a distance between people, but we cannot serve at a distance. We can only serve that to which we are profoundly connected.”
In the classic Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chogyam Trungpa offered a powerful vision of spirituality founded on basic human wisdom, a path of meditation and warriorship for people of any belief or way of life. In this chapter from the long-awaited sequel, entitled Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala, Chogyam Trungpa discusses Working with Early Morning Depression. Introduction by Diana Mukpo.
“After fifteen years of radical activity, something broke up inside me. I saw no political reality in any part of the world that I could embrace.”
“Asia has Confucius; we have Oedipus.” Norman Fischer on the teacher-student relationship in Western Buddhist practice.
“Pushing the dripping hair from my face, the rain running down my cheeks, I speak to my old teacher. ‘I’m here. It took me a while, but I made it.’
A look at healing meditations developed by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of The Healing Power of Mind.
The false prophet and the genuine spiritual master both undermine the habitual patterns of self. Yet there is an important difference between them.
When you gather people together for a feast if you set the time and the table, the food, and the accouterments just right, it can bring grace.