We base our lives on seeking happiness and avoiding suffering, but the best thing we can do for ourselves is to turn this whole way of thinking upside down.
Tara Bennett-Goleman describes how the transforming power of mindfulness can be applied to our painful emotional patterns.
Lama Rod Owens on taking care of your own needs when you don’t see yourself represented in those around you.
Shenpa is the urge, the hook, that triggers our habitual tendency to close down. We get hooked in that moment of tightening when we reach for relief. To get unhooked we begin by recognizing that moment of unease and learn to relax in that moment.
Caring for people who are suffering is a loving, even heroic calling, but it takes a toll. Roshi Joan Halifax teaches this five-step program to care for yourself while caring for others.
To be without a reference point is the ultimate loneliness. It is also called enlightenment.
Sometimes we think irrational things while the truth is right in front of us. When that happens, says Jeremy Mohler, four simple words can help bring us back to earth.
“We are all subject to the pain of loss, grief, sadness and even plain disappointment. But by talking to one another about it, we console. It is enough.”
Like leaves in the autumn or wood in the fire, all things pass. But, there is a moment in which we can see things as they are.
Peace will only become a reality when world leaders come to negotiations with the ability to hear the suffering at the root of all conflicts.