To listen in audio form of this post on my podcast: https://soundcloud.com/inmindfulmotion/early-morning-verses-of-a-writer
Silence is enjoying a cup of tea as your sole responsibility.
Silence is what situates itself in the grooves clicking between the movie reel of thought.
Silence is where every end of day settles; and then stretches like a bridge into morning.
Silence is a disposition of character, a grace carried both firm and soft onto the battlefield, turning it to fertile ground.
Silence is anything which serves as a vehicle to transport us back to ourselves in such a way that it’s as though we never left.
Silence reveals truths the likes of which we already know but have forgotten.
Silence is not the absence of sound; it’s the full embodied inclusion of the total acoustic landscape shifting and shaping itself like the Grand Canyon,
shining in holy accord on a bluebird day.
Hello new day.
I see you.
Though, I’m not sure many others do.
Not clearly anyhow.
It’s easy to lose sight,
to go blind.
It’s easy to regard today as being just the same as yesterday;
which will be the same as tomorrow, too.
But I know better.
Today IS a new day!
Ripe with possibilities and opportunities for
goodness & kindness & beauty to manifest.
With our thoughts we make the world.
With our thoughts we make the world.
To listen to this post in audio on my podcast: https://soundcloud.com/inmindfulmotion/being-peace
The practice of cultivating joy – and its companion practice of smiling – are largely misunderstood. So often, people remark about the perils of discrediting their feelings of anger or sorrow for the false pursuit of pretending to be happy when they aren’t. But practicing joy and practice to smile have nothing at all to do with covering up or disregarding painful experiences. We get so caught in dualistic ways of thinking that we are unable to appreciate the nature of how both things can happen and often are happening simultaneously. So it’s not that we’re picking up one and putting down the other, it’s that we’re holding both at the same time.
Another pitfall here, too, involves our habit energies and the momentum we’ve built up over a lifetime of not knowing how to experience suffering in a skillful way. We have a tendency to either sit and stew and marinate in our hardships when they arise or we cover them up and distract or numb ourselves in regards to them. Thay (Thich Nhat Hanh) talks about how we prefer the suffering we’re used to and most familiar with. And along those lines, on a large level, we take comfort in our feelings of woe and struggle, regardless of what our approach is.
We have been practicing to suffer for a long time and not only that but we’ve been practicing in ways that keep us stuck and spinning in the same old stories. We all know how to suffer. What we don’t know how to do is be happy. We need to practice watering our seeds of joy and lessening the amount of water that we give to our seeds of suffering.
Our seeds of suffering are so strong and dominant in our mental/emotional landscape that they overshadow seeds which are more beneficial for us to grow. And these seeds are so used to getting our attention that they put up a fight when threatened with the possibility of losing their edge. So when we hear teachings on cultivating joy or the importance of smiling, our seeds of suffering throw a fit right away – they kick on their honey toned words and attempt to woo us back into relationship with them. And we tend to be persuaded by them. We buy into their argument of how joy and smiling are mere platitudes and how our struggles and anger and sorrow are somehow more “real” than that of generating peace and happiness. And this cycle will continue until we break it by learning how to practice joy and practice smiling and strengthening those seeds within ourselves.
Well, it’s finally happened. I’ve been thinking about, talking with others more knowledgeable, and looking up how-to articles online for the past year and a half or so, in regards to starting up a podcast, and now it seems I’ve plunged into the waters of podcasting and am attempting to figure out how to swim.
My podcast description is as follows:
Writings & ramblings & spoken word, oh my! – of hopefully inspiring and/or humor-filled content – on the subject of being InMindfulMotion.
If you’re into listening to podcasts, I would be most grateful for your support: