Monday, January 10, 2011

Some Facebook Wisdom

In an interesting case of synchronicity, all the messages from my wise Facebook friends this morning seem to concur. There is only this moment, and nothing else, and we are to live it with as much gratitude, interest, wisdom, and joy as possible . . .

    • One of my teachers says: ‘What’s the difference between someone who practices (mindfulness) and someone who doesn’t? A practitioner regards every experience with interest, as a chance to learn. A non-practitioner reacts with greed, hatred and confusion.’ Every experience is a chance to learn. We’re not here to try and have better and better experience. Every moment is an opening to awareness. And every moment of awareness is a potential gateway to freedom in that moment. And there’s only this moment.
      – Carol Wilson, “Putting Your Trust in Awareness”, a talk given 1 February 2010, who also happens to be here in Burma with me at the moment!

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      Insight meditation teacher James Baraz joins us to explore the many facets of joy, happiness, and well-being. We begin by finding out how joy became an important part of James’ practice, since in his early years with Buddhism he was, in his own words, “dead serious about practice.” It turns out th

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    • Learning is the first step in making positive changes within yourself. Other factors are conviction, determination, action and effort. Learning and education help develop conviction about the need to change and increase your commitment. Conviction then develops into determination. Next, strong determination leads to action: a sustained effort to implement the changes. This final factor of effort is critical.
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    • ‎"Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance." ~ John Petit-Senn
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