Boxing with the Dharma

Boxing with the Dharma

I was sitting at my first silent Buddhist meditation retreat and I came up with a boxing analogy that seemed to sum up my experience. (don’t ask why boxing? can’t answer that one).

Allow me to explain:

So here I am in a ring with many mental/emotional opponents being thrown at me, one by one. Here comes the 5 hindrances – Sensual desire, Ill-Will, Sloth and Torpor, Restlessness and Worry but the worst is Doubt.  Don’t forget the 3 killers with knockout punches – Greed, Hatred and Delusion.

It dawned on me that I’ve been on a journey to change my “Cornermen”.

It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done and yet extremely rewarding. My Cornermen didn’t have my best interests at heart, they seemed to have their own hidden agenda.  Once I saw the hiddenness I decided to investigate its hold on me.

Clarity arose once I changed my Cornermen.  I’ve hired the Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha as my new Cornermen to support my journey.

Remember It’s Only Stuff…

New Challenges

New Challenges

It’s been quite sometime since my last post and many new things have emerged in my life.

My spiritual practice has blossomed into a dedicated and fulfilling experience.  The insights have and continue to be moving and motivating and I plan on continuing this until my body ceases to exist in this form.

Let’s do a quick catch up…..

I went on my first silent meditation retreat in Joshua Tree (See next post) and was blown away by its simplicity yet difficulties that I experienced.  Strange being with over 100 people and not being able to communicate.  They call it “Noble Silence”  meaning not silent just no communication.  No talking, No eye contact…..the experience was amazing but also very grueling.

Just last month my employer conducted some layoffs and I was included in the list. More time for spiritual practice…..

Remember It’s Only Stuff….

 

Saying goodbye to a teacher and best friend

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It’s with great sadness that I’m posting the loss of one of my teachers and best friends. I had the privilege of taking care of and being taken care of by my boy Deekah.  He was always there for me, no matter what, during good times and bad.  He will be missed greatly.

I’m glad that he is out of pain.  He lived a great life. I’m happy to have had him in my life.  The many lessons that he taught me are endless and I will always carry them with me.

RIP my big boy.

Mindful Moments

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Why meditate in the morning?  Clear the head, fresh start, be more mindful throughout the day and make better choices as a result.

Mindful Moments

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I have been using the App called “Headspace” @ Headspace.com.  It supplies you with many meditations. They are almost all guided which is a nice thing.  I find it very helpful. recommend it highly.  Within the App there is a setting that instructs Headspace to send you up to 5 “Mindful moments” as text messages.  So I have decided to post the ones that inspire me.  Enjoy – I did.  I guess it isn’t plagiarism if I give them credit.  So here I go.

Same cafe, same people, sat in the same seats, ordering the same drinks every single morning and yet somehow, everything is always different.

 

Weekly Quote

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The mind is like the ocean, the waves are not separate from the sea. Embrace thoughts with awareness and learn how to master the waves.

Beginning Meditation

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Beginning meditation is like looking into a mirror.  Maybe we like what we see, maybe we don’t.  Either way, no use arguing with the reflection.

Happy Birthday

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Happy Birthday

 I miss you so much, I can’t stand it
Seems like my heart is breaking in two
The head says, no, but my soul demands it
Everything I do reminds me of you

I miss you so much in this house full of shadows
While the rain keeps pouring down my window too
When will the pain recede to the darkness
From whence it has come and I’m feeling so blue

Ain’t goin’ down, no more to the well
Sometimes it feels like I’m going to hell
Sometimes, I’m knocking on your front door
But I don’t have nothing to sell no more

Seems like the spirit is pushing me onwards
I’m able to see, where I tripped and went wrong
I’ll just have to guess where my soul will find comfort
And I miss you so much when I’m singing my song

Ain’t goin’ down, no more to the well
But sometimes it seems I’m going to hell
You’ll find me knocking on your front door
Well I don’t have nothing to sell no more

Seems like my spirit, is pushing me onwards
‘Til I’m able to see where, I tripped when I went wrong
I’ll just have to guess where my soul will get comfort
I miss you so much when I’m singing my song

I miss you so much, I can’t stand it
Seems like my heart is breaking in two
The head says, go, but my soul demands it
And everything I do reminds me of you
Everything I do reminds me of you
Everything I do reminds me of you

Van Morrison