I try not to act out of anger. In my life, anger prolongs suffering and spreading anger increases suffering. Contrarily wise, love only inspires more love. But love and anger are not opposites, and sometimes it can be difficult to not be the former because the latter is the superficial root.
And while it does not reflect Buddhism, in my life anger is a tool, so I let it flow when I feel I need to. It motivates me. It motivates a lot of people. And it should. I know my anger stems from fear- fear that something is out of my control. But I use this fear and I push it, until I am unafraid or until I cannot handle it any longer and retreat. I succeed, or I fail. Neither is inherently good or bad, necessarily.
Honestly, I can safely say I fail most of the time, choosing instead to stay in my box of safety. But I try, more and more, to do in spite of my fear. I am learning that one will always fear, it is biologically hard-wired for survival and therefore is a fantastic tool. Telling most people to be unafraid is like telling them not to move out of the way when someone is trying to punch them in the face.
But to do in spite of fear, that is what I feel is progress.
[Note: This is a personal reflection of every day fear and anger, nothing outstanding that is not coupled with outside help. There are some things no one should handle themselves, and I would encourage those suffering any mental disorders that exacerbate unhealthy activities, or those in severely abusive situations to seek professional help.]
After spending several months in meditation, conference and research, I wish to inform these followers that the overall tone of this blog is going to change. There will be no more witchcraft, Wicca or misleading entries about subjects I have not thoroughly studied. If you’re here for the woowoo, get out now. If you choose to stick around, Buddhism is the core, with Hard Polytheism in the wings. Anymore, and this is an Eshrine of sorts. It is a safe place for all humans, no matter their affiliations, so long as they are respectful to one another. Carry on.
Food for thought.
True, yet kinda taking the problem to the other extreme. Nature is also only eating when your hungry. Fucking only when its mating season. Leaving your environment sustainable so you can keep feeding there. Nature can be merciless, yet humanity can be self destructive.
Nature is not so simple as to just be a series of black and white dichotomies, and if we humans think that we alone can define what nature is or isn’t, well, haven’t we seen what problems have arisen out of that mistake?
Humanity is offended by nature’s indifference to us, and unable to handle lack of understanding of the simultaneously calm and violent self preservation it maintains.
I have again had a couple of requests to repost this to which i am happy to do! So here you go, learn and live!!
Zazen as it is known in the Japanese Zen tradition, is the practice of “just sitting in mindfulness.” It is not a matter of “stopping” the mind, but rather allowing the practitioner to become aware of his or her own thoughts, so that benefit can be had from a more intimate awareness of one’s present condition. The practice of sitting meditation allows for a relaxation and deep calm to result in the practitioner. The simple attention that results from just sitting allows for a nonjudgmental awareness of one’s circumstances, so that fewer negative mental labels are attached to one’s experiences “out in the world.” The practice of just sitting is most beneficial because it is readily employable in stressful situations in one’s everyday life. As you sit, simply “watch and be present.”
All mantra meditations involve the slow repetition of a short sound, syllable, word or statement. The mantra practice is ideal when it incorporates a basic, resonating sound that is easily controlled by the outward breath. A traditional and ideal choice is “AUM,” also written as “OM,” for these reasons. This particular sound is thought to be the most basic of all sounds in traditional Indian philosophy and meditation practice. It is chanted very slowly, and the mouth is opened wide for the initial “Aaaaa,” and slowly constricted as the sound is continued through the outward breath. The practitioner breathes and exhales as long as he or she comfortably can, as this enhances breath control for physical activities (such as martial arts and yoga), and induces a powerful focus for the meditative experience.
This meditation may be performed alone or in a group setting. The leader strikes a “ching” (Chinese bowl bell), and the audible sound of the bell is focused on entirely by the practitioners. The practitioner’s mind should follow the sound from its initial pronounced strike to its fading away into quietude. After the sound is extinguished fully, the leader strikes the bell again, and this is continued to comfort and benefit.
As in all seated meditations, the practitioner should first situate him or herself in a proper meditation posture that is centered and balanced. The spine should be upright and centered over the meditation cushion, and the legs should be in an appropriate position to maximize comfort (seiza, half-lotus, Burmese style, and chair are the recommended options). This meditation exercise focuses one’s awareness on the breath, and in particular, the rhythmic nature of the inhalations and exhalations. This meditation is facilitated by the use of a wooden fish drum, or two blocks of wood, which are brought together to initiate each inhalation and exhalation. As the meditation progresses, the practitioner should feel the bodymind relaxing and entering a deeper calm, and the breathing cycles should become prolonged. You may purchase two cheap blocks of wood from a local hardware store for this meditation practice.
[Image: A statue of a Buddha at sunset, with a twilight sky filled up with an image of the Earth: Caption “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” ~Siddhartha Gautama Buddha]
Note: not reblogged from source because their blog is HUGE, and I collected it long ago.
I have legitimately never been asked this question before, so gimme a second to gape…… aaaand, okay we’re good. Honestly, I make it up as I go along: I prefer to think of it more as a “Spiritual Path” than religion, too, (its a personal preference: mixing up social definitions, cultural boundaries; its complicated) as I focus a lot of my studies on Buddhism.
I was raised in a Quaker home and church until I was about 8, then mom married a Buddhist and father quit the church to pursue spirituality and quantum/meta physics, and only recently I discovered Paganism in its many,manyforms. So, when I say I just kind of cut, collect and then Hodge-Podge things together I mean it.
I focus a lot on my intent, both in my actions as well as my thoughts, and the interconnected nature of our world. I believe that if I send negative intent out, something negative will return, as well as encourage the negative within, which makes me unhappy: it is a very Buddhist fundamental (with some reflection of Wicca), and my biggest challenge. I am constantly reminding myself that, “Anger is actually fear; fear that something is out of my control, and control is part of the ego. When I let go of my individual Ego, I let go of fear, and anger.”
But in my life I’ve personally seen things that modern science and theology cannot explain, not universally and with solidarity, but I know I saw them. And those are equally important! Our species is still VERY young, and I do not let the youth of science (which has only just become an integral part of our world) or ‘normal’ doctrine (See ‘monotheism’) that has been used to slaughter millions in the name of a single ruler, to be the only answer. When society believes in only one governmental answer, we call that Socialism: religion is no different. I like to embrace everyone’s differences and their view on life as all important aspects of how our world will be shaped. (Afterall, I’m sure you know people who swear by either Apple or Microsoft products exclusively, yet people still buy the other.) Embracing doesn’t always work (see: Westboro Baptist Church), but I try very hard to know that everyone sees the world a bit differently, and that makes it exciting.
I look at it this way: We are a single species, living amongst millions upon trillions of other organisms on a sphere that protects us with a thin layer of gases, whilst spinning over a 1,000 miles an hour through an inhospitable vacuum that is larger than we can concretely measure. My tiny little existence is all tangled up in the way the cosmos keep turning, as much as a Super Nova is, but I’m not more important than my fellow human’s who are starving, fighting, hugging or creating.
I have NO idea if that answered any of your questions! But I’m glad you’re asking them! Learning is part of the gift of being human! Never forget that!