‘Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.’ Thich Nhat Hanh
The magnanimous mind invites us to take a wider perspective rather than getting constantly bogged down in the minutiae of everyday life.
‘The obstacle is the path.’ Zen saying
Last week, we looked at setting aside a place in our home which symbolises our intention to nourish our spirit. Just as important as creating a place is to create time.
The final of the five hindrances to meditation in the Buddhist tradition is excessive doubt, sometimes also called paralysing doubt.
‘Breathing in, I calm my body,
Breathing out, I smile.
Restlessness and worry are the forth of the five hindrances to meditation in the Buddhist tradition, and it’s one that probably most of us can relate to quite well!
One of the most effective (but definitely under the category of ‘don’t try this at home’!) strategies for combating sleepy mind must be sitting on the edge of a deep well during meditation.
Most people who meditate would be very familiar with ‘sleepy mind’ – this feeling that you’re drifting in and out of meditation, perhaps even asleep for significant chunks of it.
The second hindrance is aversion, and in both Buddhism and mindfulness, learning a new and different approach to our aversions is considered both fundamental and also very therapeutic