Thich Nhat Hahn (again)

“A monk decides to meditate alone.
Away from his monastery, he takes a boat and goes to the middle of the lake, closes his eyes and begins to meditate.
After a few hours of unperturbed silence,
he suddenly feels the blow of another boat hitting his.
With his eyes still closed, he feels his anger rising and,
when he opens his eyes, he is ready to shout at the boatman who dared to disturb his meditation.
But when he opened his eyes,
saw that it was an empty boat,
not tied up,
floating in the middle of the lake
…At that moment, the monk achieves self-realization
and understands that anger is within him;
it simply needs to hit an external object to provoke it.
After that, whenever he meets someone who irritates or provokes his anger, he remembers;
the other person is just an empty boat.
Anger is inside me. “
Thich Nhat Hanh

Mary Anne Perrone

“I am no longer waiting for a special occasion; I burn the best candles on ordinary days.
I am no longer waiting for the house to be clean; I fill it with people who understand that even dust is Sacred.
I am no longer waiting for everyone to understand me; It’s just not their task
I am no longer waiting for the perfect children; my children have their own names that burn as brightly as any star.
I am no longer waiting for the other shoe to drop; It already did, and I survived.
I am no longer waiting for the time to be right; the time is always now.
I am no longer waiting for the mate who will complete me; I am grateful to be so warmly, tenderly held.
I am no longer waiting for a quiet moment; my heart can be stilled whenever it is called.
I am no longer waiting for the world to be at peace; I unclench my grasp and breathe peace in and out.
I am no longer waiting to do something great; being awake to carry my grain of sand is enough.
I am no longer waiting to be recognised; I know that I dance in a holy circle.
I am no longer waiting for Forgiveness. I believe, I believe”

Mary Anne Perrone

JOHN O’DONOHUE

You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come, to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.

Be excessively gentle with yourself.

JOHN O’DONOHUE
Excerpt from the blessing, ‘For One Who is Exhausted,’
from John’s books: Benedictus (Europe) / To Bless the Space Between Us (US)
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Integrate

As a lay person you decide yourself when to do your formal practise and for how long.

The formal practise helps you to remember – what is important? Why do I do this?

The purpose of a meditation practise is to bring clarity into your life. What is actually going on – because there is so much of our lives that is caught up in miserable thoughts, and many of us are not aware of this.

But the formal practise is a very small part of your life, maybe 5% of the time that you are awake. So it is important to integrate the habits and the insights from the formal practise in your daily life.

A day consists of so many moments.

The moment you hear the bird sing.

The moment you hear the cat purr.

The moment you open the tap and hear and feel the water.

The moment you open the fridge.

The moment you open the door.

Bring awareness into these moments. You are ALIVE!! The fact that you are alive is just one great reason to be present, to realise this miracle, to recognise you gratitude.

Anne Viner, 31.10.2020

Just sit

Slowly, slowly, slowly your formal practise is integrated into your day.

A lot of ones day is occupied by doing-tasks, doing this, doing that – and that is fine, that is a busy life and a great deal of it is even enjoyable. And the more you apply a mindful attitude the more enjoyable the whole life becomes. A slow transformation that happens on its own, over the years, you need not DO anything, all you need is patience and to carry on. Just sit, every day.

In the formal practise you sit. Do nothing. The breathing does itself. The heart pumps the blood round, it does itself. The sounds appear just as the feelings and thoughts appear, without you doing anything at all. Isn´t that amazing?

All you do is you sit down and do nothing, just open up your awareness – and everuthing appears on its own in consciousness.

Anne Vinter, 23.10.20

Clarity

The clarity that you experience during your daily training you can import to the rest of your life.

I want to point out, again and again, that meditation is about to experience clarity of consciousness. And what does that mean? Whatever appears in your open field of consciousness is IT. There is nothing else, nothing more. If you feel disappointment about this fact – well this is yet another appearance. Whatever appears through you senses, your feelings, your thoughts is IT.

You may want or long for less thoughts – that is IT, this longing is the appearance in this present moment. And it will change, slowly or rapidly as you become aware of it.

Take moments during your day to consciously be aware of what is in your mind and body. Moments of clarity.

Anne Vinter 17.10.2021

Thich Nhat Hanh

Contemplation on No Coming, No Going

This body is not me.
I am not limited by this body.
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born,and I have never died.

Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars,
manifestations from my wondrous true mind.

Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass,
sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide-and-seek.

So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say good-bye,
say good-bye,
to meet again soon.

We meet today.
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.

–— Thich Nhat Hanh

Posted by Anne Vinter on Oct 8th 2020

Energy of life

During a day we do not pay much attention to our inner body. Only if we feel pain. Working with mindfulness is a change of this pattern.

During formal practise our awareness is trained to be grounded in breath and body. Every time we notice that we are lost in thought we turn our awareness to breath and body.

Can you feel your heart beating right now?

Can you feel the saliva in your mouth right now?

Can you feel your eyes blinking?

Can you feel life energy streaming through you? From the tip of your toes to the top of your head?

All our feelings are grounded in our body. If we love someone or something we can feel it, love is an inner body experience. And so with all feelings, pleasant or unpleasant. Anger, hate, jealousy, sexual arousal, joy, happiness.

How do you feel right now? Notice how your attention turns to your inner body in order to find out how you feel. So this phenomenon that we call a feeling is actually a streaming energy in our body. And then, as with everything, we name it. Working with mindfulness is to allow to just be aware of the streaming of energy and NOT naming it, lean back, be aware, be one with the life stream as it fluctuates and changes from moment to moment. Life itself.

Anne Vinter, 29.09.2020

Purpose

Each and everyone of us have our personal purpose with the mindfulness training. Maybe we want less stress, more structure, less reactiveness, better feeling, improve life quality, reduce pain…… there has been a lot of research over the past 40 years, and we know for sure that mindfulness is beneficial for the individual in so many ways.

And then comes the social and global purpose.

If we are honest, we know that deep in our hearts we want the best for our fellow beings. First of all our loved ones, our children, our brothers and sisters, our spouse , our parents and the rest of our family , our friends, our colleagues – when we go through who we know we wish for them that they thrive. And then, if we start thinking about it, even children that we do not know at all on a personal level, we want the best for them. We do not want any child to be hungry, to experience war, to be abandoned , to be abused. We want for everybody access to clean water, enough healthy food, education an equality.

And over the years, as we do our formal practice, we become more and more aware that this is what we want. Peace on earth, end of suffering. We take small steps, we do the best we can. We integrate the formal practise in our daily lives.

Anne Vinter, 25.09.2020