Sitting in meditation for 15 minutes or an hour each morning is important dharma practice. More important is the other 23+ hours of the day. Being aware of our inner world of thoughts and emotions is where the rubber hits the road. Observe negative judgment towards ourselves or others, jealousy, anger, pride, or self-criticism, is the beginning. Rather than reacting and playing out the negativity, we respond by analyzing the situation and moving our response to appreciation, compassion, humility, and healthy self-confidence. Remove the ego from the equation. Then we are cooking. This is genuine dharma practice.
Dharma practice is 24/7, not just when on the cushion. Everything you see, say to yourself, “no real.” Everyone you see in pain, on the inbreath, take their suffering. On the outbreath, give them love, […]
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