Practicing gratitude forces you to remember the abundance in your life – two arms and two legs, check; a roof over your head, check; a friend who loves you, check; a computer to read this blog post on, check. You forget about the things you… Read more
We go through our day judging our experiences, other people, ourselves: this is good, this is bad. If all goes well, most of it will be good, but more than we realize, we dislike certain experiences, things about people, about ourselves. We “like” online comments… Read more
From 11 until 18 October 2015 Eine Woche lang teilt Luk Perceval mit allen, die Interesse haben – sei es aus Neugier, sei es aus der Notwendigkeit, inneren Frieden zu finden – seine Erfahrung als mindfulness yoga- und Meditationslehrer, Schauspiellehrer, Künstler, Zen-Student, Koch, Skipper, Weltreisender…… Read more
“How does it feel to be you?” This is one question the comedian and actor Bill Murray fielded during a press conference at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival after after the screening of his latest film St. Vincent. Murray used it as a teaching moment, of sorts, about being present. Listen to Murray’s dharma talk here:
“Let’s all ask ourselves that question right now: What does it feel like to be you? What does it feel like to be you? Yeah. It feels good to be you, doesn’t it? It feels good, because there’s one thing that you are — you’re the only one that’s you, right?
So you’re the only one that’s you, and we get confused sometimes — or I do, I think everyone does — you try to compete. You think, damn it, someone else is trying to be me. Someone else is trying to be me. But I don’t have to armor myself against those people; I don’t have to armor myself against that idea if I can really just relax and feel content in this way and this regard.
If I can just feel… Just think now: How much do you weigh? This is a thing I like to do with myself when I get lost and I get feeling funny. How much do you weigh? Think about how much each person here weighs and try to feel that weight in your seat right now, in your bottom right now. Parts in your feet and parts in your bum. Just try to feel your own weight, in your own seat, in your own feet. Okay? So if you can feel that weight in your body, if you can come back into the most personal identification, a very personal identification, which is: I am. This is me now. Here I am, right now. This is me now. Then you don’t feel like you have to leave, and be over there, or look over there. You don’t feel like you have to rush off and be somewhere. There’s just a wonderful sense of well-being that begins to circulate up and down, from your top to your bottom. Up and down from your top to your spine. And you feel something that makes you almost want to smile, that makes you want to feel good, that makes you want to feel like you could embrace yourself.
So, what’s it like to be me? You can ask yourself, “What’s it like to be me?” You know, the only way we’ll ever know what it’s like to be you is if you work your best at being you as often as you can, and keep reminding yourself: That’s where home is.”
Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education found that compassion meditation training can reduce “mind-wandering” and encourage caring and benevolent behavior toward oneself and others. Click here to read more… If you search a good example of “compassion meditation” click here…
Click here to read about finally, finally being good enough. Being the best. It’s the new anorexia (and also the old anorexia).
This is a link to Genpo Roshi’s Big Mind blog on why we meditate
Many of us are familiar with the idea of loving our spouses, children, or parents unconditionally — and we might even try to practice that unconditional love, though imperfectly. But do we try to love ourselves unconditionally? Click here and Read Leo Babauta to start cultivating the acceptance of yourself