by Dan Leven As I was sitting for meditation today, I met fear. I was looking for my breath—the rise and fall of my abdomen—to rest my attention on, and the fear showed up as a gripping sensation in my belly. My first reaction was to push it away. All I wanted was to feel […]
By Janet Arnold-Grych There’s something magical about mornings, particularly spring mornings. The soft blush of light and the easeful rhythm feel replete with grace. In his commentary on the Yoga Sutra, Swami Satchidananda noted that before sunrise, specifically between 4:00 and 6:00 am, is Brahmamuhurta, or Brahmic time, an auspicious period ripe with a unique energy. […]
Getting stuck is normal. Whether it’s cheating on your healthy diet or struggling with writer’s block, it’s bound to happen. What matters is how we deal with it—can we get back up, dust ourselves off, and start all over again? Feeling like we’ve failed or can’t do anything right can take us to a place […]
Let me simply say that I didn’t just fall off the mat. Recently, confronted with life on life’s terms, I plummeted, plunged, and wildly tumbled, losing all foothold to the practices that give me perspective and trust. There is good news in this tale though I found my way back relatively quickly. But, in this breach, I endured much self-inflicted struggle and pain.
This story is canine-related. My dogs, Lucy Kay Doodle and Zac Joey Doodle, are gifts of love and growth for me. In their fuzzy, larger-than-life Muppet-ness, they bring me such lessons.They are shiny mirrors into which I see my behavior, recognize my strengths and growth, and see beyond my old patterns of limited thinking. Simply put, my dogs are my teachers. They help me grow.
Frank Jude Boccio, whose Zen dharma name is Poep Sa, is a yoga teacher and a teacher of Zen Buddhism ordained by Korean Zen Master Samu Sunim. He is also an interfaith minister and long-time student of Thich Nhat Hanh. Here he shares a few simple yet powerful ways to integrate mindfulness practices into your daily life—when driving, working, or even drinking your morning coffee.