Magnanimous mind

The magnanimous mind invites us to take a wider perspective rather than getting constantly bogged down in the minutiae of everyday life.

Nurturing mind

‘Watching over water and over grain, shouldn’t everyone maintain the affection and kindness of nourishing children?’ Dogen Zenji, in his ‘Instructions to the Cook’ Last month we looked at joyful mind, the first of the ‘three minds’ which were recommended by the famous Zen master Dogen Zenji for the monks in his monastery. The second […]

Joyful mind

One of the easiest and most profound ways we can cultivate a joyful mind in everyday life is through pausing, taking a breath, and allowing ourselves to feel a gentle half smile in our body.

Being mode

‘If we’re not careful, it is all too easy to fall into becoming more of a human doing than a human being.’

Being engaged in life

‘Who or what we are is defined by the quality of our engagement with this moment, whatever its content.’

Six simple ideas

Sometimes, a small adjustment can make quite a difference to our lives in the long term.

Creating space

When we’re stressed, we can often feel as if we’re being hemmed in from all sides.

Mottainai

The Japanese word ‘Mottainai’ is one of those expressions which can convey a whole range of meanings, and which has been associated with daily life, environmental philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and a general sense of increased appreciation.