Once the honeymoon with meditation practice is over (for some people that can be the first 5 minutes, others might be weeks, months or years), it can feel like our inspiration to practice can wane dramatically.
Our mouth is the gateway to so many kinds of karma. What goes in (food, drink etc.) becomes inextricably linked with who we are and who we are becoming. What goes out (speech mostly) has a lot to do with how our relationships with others and with our world take shape.
So, how do you go about meditating? Just like most other endeavors, you need to seek out good instruction and practice a technique that’s been proven both efficacious and productive for other people who meditate. Sitting down in a quiet room, crossing your legs, and humming won’t work. You need tools to draw from.
An online workshop with David Nichtern April 7, 2015 - 7-10 PM EST - $35 advanced registration required. How does our karmic situation come together? This online workshop will be a composite examination of the 5 skandhas, 6 realms, and 8 consciousnesses…. oh heck throw in the 12 nidanas while you’re at it…. But seriously, we will [...]
We might think that the meditative state is something we can grasp onto, solidify, and possess, but that is actually not the case. Our practice is to touch in, make contact, and let go, over and over again – that is the rhythm of awareness.
An online workshop with David Nichtern Tuesday July 21st, 2015 - 7-9:30 PM EST $35 – advanced registration required (enrollment is limited to 30 participants) There’s an old blues song that goes “your mind is on vacation and your mouth is working overtime” – it will be in heavy rotation as we explore this topic [...]
For me to be able to present a workshop based on early mindfulness teachings was a big thrill. The material at the time was so juicy, and it still is. It’s about making everyday life the root of your dharma practice, not just incidental events that happen while you’re trying to get enlightened[...]
Shamatha o “attenzione completa” è un esercizio completo e formativo. Si basa sul percepire l’attimo in cui la nostra coscienza si connette al presente, fornendo così uno strumento per accrescere tale cognizione. I benefici di questa pratica si riflettono nel riuscire ad allineare mente e corpo, iniziando a relazionarsi alla realtà circostante con meno distrazione e mantenendosi vigili.
The $64 question is, can we maintain balance, awareness and open-heartedness while we engage fully in the activities of this world? Can we make the five seducers work for us or will we work for them?[...]