Please give a listen to talks from my teacher, Master Ji Ru (Shifu) on how to develop a more peaceful life for yourself and everyone else too!
Oh yes, and how arguing fails to bring us close to truth of any kind and certainly doesn’t bring us to peace at all. The way to peace is felt-to not thought-through.
I always like how Ajahn Brahm’s teachings are quite practical and funny. And I really like this talk because I see myself, how often I am tempted to argue or do argue… stopping arguing is quite a practice. For me, it involves continuously trying to let go of my sense of my self and my very important ideas. It also makes me really wonder about this whole PhD proposition…
I’ll end with this idea that sticks with me from the talk – that is, what kind of world are we creating if we argue who’s faith is better, who’s religion is better or more true? It seems we only create a world of arguing people not a world of peaceful people.
When we stop thinking, then we can FEEL peaceful. Don’t agree? That’s okay with me. I’ll not argue about it. And that from a dirty-old, opinionated Yankee (reformed)!
RoK Teasely drew the night away at Calm Chicago as part of last night’s 2nd Friday festivities.
All you had to do was give him three words and he’d make you a drawing, an idea he calls, “Drawing Out Souls.”
He made some lovely pictures and people really seemed to love the work made just for them on the spot.
If you missed your chance to get a drawing, no worries. RoK will be back next month for 2nd Friday, July 13th 6-10pm!
Also, don’t forget, tomorrow Calm Chicago has 18-Form Qigong from 9:30-10:15, then tai chi from 10:30-11:30 in the morning. Hope to see you there.
This is the first in a series of 18-videos breaking down how to do the form, along with tips on how to learn, practice and make the lessons of qigong practical and accessible in your every day life.
I hope this may help you on your journey to your best self as you learn to exercise both the body and mind. And of course, I use the word “self,” as a practical matter of speaking. I’m not suggesting that we get too attached to any form of exercise as a way of making our Self Bigger and having a big ego only that, in order to really enjoy life, living wisely, compassionately and with clarity borne of confidence, having health in mind and body is highly recommended.
When the body is out of shape or in pain, it really brings the mind down.
Let know what you think? I hope this proves useful.
Peace and happiness for all,
No bootcamp or insanity. Just nearly daily showing up for some aerobic work and some light weights. Fitness walking with my husband, which is a real challenge, because for every one of his steps, I need to take like, three. But we’re learning how to adjust for each other. It’s fun.
Why am I do this? Because it really has been hitting me how much it seems that we tend to treat the body as if it was just a convenient vessel for toting our brains around. But, the body is so much more and sometimes, it can feel like so much less. When we are in even basic shape or fundamentally fit, the body is our gateway to so much enjoyment in life. It just makes doing everything easier and more pleasurable, from getting out of bed in the morning to being with friends and family, even going to work! But when the body is out of shape, unfit, it affects everything we do in the negative. Everything becomes physically harder and more tiring. In this state, our mind can not function well either, because the un-ease of te body pulls the mind down, constantly pestering it with a pantheon of troubles and pains.
Of course, the mind screams at us then, suffering the terrible injustice of physical suffering. And we tend to identify with our physical suffering, don’t we? We become our un-ease or dis-ease. We say things like, “My arthritis, my diabetes, my aching back,” and so on. And that, changes us from merely having some physical discomfort to full-on suffering.
Alas. So what’s a poor body to do?
A couple of things maybe. How about some modest exercise and meditation?
Through mindful attention to the body we can rediscover that the body can be our friend again. We need to proceed, step by step and we need to have a goal. I believe in gentle challenge, reasonable goals that slowly take us towards our destination. While in meditation, we let go of ideas about getting anywhere, because what we need is actually already right here inside us, with getting the body fit (as with other sorts of goals) it helps to know where you want to go.
How you define that is up to you. Maybe you want to climb the stairs without strain and feeling winded. Maybe you want to lose weight. I’d suggest that even if you think you want to lose a lot of weight that you start by breaking your big goal down into smaller, manageable goals so you can see, measure, know your gradual success. It’s not wrong to aim high, but realize that even Olympic athletes get to such levels of achievement through years of steady, determined application of effort of the body and mind.
And where does meditation fit in all this? Very simple, a little meditation helps you let go of stress by giving you a chance to stop thinking all those stressful thoughts, worries and obsessions. It’s also a lot easier to let your mind go quiet after some physical activity. Just sit and breathe. Try to just be aware of the feelings of the body, just as they are. Sensations that will come and go. Try to breathe and observe the sensations without any judgement of like or don’t like. See if you can resist the urge to scratch every itch. Wiggle in place. When I first started to meditate, I felt awfully itchy suddenly. No sudden bug attack, only the mind wanting to distract me from what I was doing.
With this, as with the physical activity, start small. Try one minute. Then two. Go for three if you are up to it. Step by step. Add time as you feel comfortable.
So, be patient. Be determined. Set a schedule for your exercise and meditation plan. Then, go for it. Step by step. Take action and as the saying goes, be the change you want to see in the world.
Let me know how it’s going? What works for you? How do you keep moving toward your goals?
And if you think you need some help, give me a shout. I’m glad to help. You can try a group class if you like or a private or semi-private training for your body and your mind.
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The Little Village Buddhist Meditation Center will hold its first meditation and tai chi retreat Saturday, June 18 from 10 am- 2pm. All are welcome. No previous experience required. Join us for a day of mindful peace. Free. Donations gratefully accepted. Please silence your cell phones and other electronic devices. Also, please no perfumes or colognes. Register at our website. May all beings experience peace and happiness, Hillary
Hola amigos, La Villita Centro de Meditación Budista celebrarásu primera meditación y retiro de tai chi Sábado, 18 de junio de 10 am a 2 pm. Todos son bienvenidos. No se requiere experiencia previa. Únase a nosotros para un día de paz consciente. Libre. Donaciones aceptada con gratitud. Por favor, tu silencio los teléfonos celulares y otros dispositivos electrónicos. También, por favor, no perfumes o colonias. Inscríbase en nuestro sitio web. Que todos los seres experiencia de la paz y la felicidad, Hillary