Patience is golden. It gives us pause rather than kneejerk reaction. It allows us to take a deep breath, and consider the consequences of getting angry — making us unhappy, bringing future problems, not to mention the harm to the recipient. Mindfulness is the key, paying attention to what is happening inside of us. When we sense or feel early signs of anger, like frustration, irritation, fast heartbeat, loud or soft speech, jitteriness, etc., we start to practice patience. We can think the other person is not happy. Why? Happy people do not provoke. It always takes two to tangle. Recognizing the other person’s unhappiness, we can understand the situation better. With practice we not only cultivate patience, but also compassion.
Three days ago, we completed a 2-day meditation retreat in Tokyo, meditating on compassion, wisdom, non-distraction, awareness, and walking. The subtle lasting bliss that slowly develops with regular practice is nourishing, feeling that everything is […]
Happy holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all kind mother sentient beings. Every living being has the complete potential to be fully happy and fully free from pain. It is our job to […]