Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Chillin' Ain't Easy

It is easy to get caught up in worldly concerns. You must fill that stomach, and in order to do that, you must hold your place in this dumb modern world.

Worry, one of the Five Hindrances, is easy. That slight unease . . . it is difficult to see it as empty, transient phenomena, just like the "problems" that trigger the unease in the first place. To see that Life Is Suffering means there will always be problems. Having problems is the default condition.

To focus on the Present Moment is difficult. To see one's life as constant change, encapsulated in a Moment, takes concentration. To simply observe the collection of details and circumstances that make up a human lifespan, and to observe without grasping for results is difficult. Equanimity is difficult. It takes practice.

Practice every day. Meditate every day. Focus on your breathing.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Meatless Thursdays

"Oh, no thank you, I don't eat meat on Thursdays. It's against my religion."

"What religion is that?"

"This new one I'm making up as I go along. It changes day to day, but today I don't eat meat on Thursdays."

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

On This Planet

We are simply here, on this dumb planet, stuck to it by gravity; breathing in each other's sighs, screams, and farts. We simply suffer through, from cradle to grave. There is an explanation of compassion: knowing that every single person out there is basically you.

Every single person sees the universe from his or her particular perspective. Every single person out there is doing the best they can: even those who do harm to others.

Every single person starts out as a blank slate, a baby. What makes them what they are?

The universe makes them what they are. Stalin, Gandhi, the person working the check stand, your neighbors, dogs, terrorists, popes, presidents, beggars and prostitutes . . . they are all the center of the Universe.   We are all temporary phenomena, breathing fumes, digesting food, crapping, shedding skin cells, aging, and dying. We are billions of little creatures on the face of a planet.

Why be kind to these creatures, these humans that have you surrounded? Because they are just like you, and you don't want to piss them off; they're dangerous when they are angry; you need to get along with them in order to eat. But more important: Everyone suffers. Everyone struggles. Everyone is doing the best they can, with whatever wit and means they can muster.

Meditate to see these things. Maybe not the way I see them, Gentle Reader. Your view of the world must certainly be different from mine. Our brains are different. Our backgrounds are different. Which one of us is correct?  Neither. Both.  "Right" and "wrong" are concepts. That duality is nonsense.