Be gentle with yourself and others. So many of us grew up in environments where we got (often subtle) messages that there were particular ways we should and shouldn’t be in order to maintain our caregivers’ love and approval, and not upset our caregivers. This turns into a habit of “false self,” or continuing to hide or fake parts of ourselves in adulthood in order to take care of others’ emotions and keep them close. Little by little, by practicing mindfulness of what feels true to you in each moment, you can practice your authentic voice and learn that you don’t need to fake or hide to have everything you need.
This exploration is also a huge part of the creative process. What does your voice sound like in each medium through which you express? The best way to learn is to practice creating and expressing, over and over again, mindfully watching what feels true and connected to you.
How do you find your voice? How do you practice expressing?
When we look in the mirror, we one thing we don't want to see is an ordinary human being. We would like to see someone special. Whether we are conscious of this or not, we are simply not content to see an ordinary human being with neuroses, obstacles, and problems. We want to see a happy person, but, instead, we see someone who is struggling, We want to think of ourselves as compassionate, but, instead, we someone who is selfish. We long to be elegant, but our arrogance makes us crass. And, instead of a strong or immortal person we see someone who is vulnerable to the four streams of birth, old age, sickness, and death. The conflict between what we see and what we want to see causes tremendous pain, the pain of self-importance. We are imprisoned in this pain by a sense of specialness or self-importance. Self-importance is the underlying clinging we have to I, I , I. me me me mine mine mine which colors all of our experience, if we look closely we find a strong element of self import in everything we think say and do. how can i feel good what will others think what will i gain what will i lose. these q are all rooted in our self import. even our feeling of not measuring up to an idea of who we think we should be is a form of self importance , we like to see ourselves as strong and in control but we are more like a fragile eggshell that is easily broken, this makes us feel deeply vulnerable and not in a good way this vulnerable self requires protection, armoring, the gathering of forces and the construction of walls. as a result we become painfully trapped. we are increasingly fearful of relaxing with things as they are and increasingly uncertain that anything will work out the way we would like. it takes courage to go beyond self-importance to see who we really are, but this is our path. the point of all meditation teachings formal or informal is to reduce self importance and make room for the truth, this process begins with self-reflection. a questioning spirit , the Indian Pandeeta said "to merely question that things are not as they might seem to be can shake the very foundation of habitual clinging" this questioning spirit is...cont in comments
Part of this journey is being conscious of not only what I consume , wear , etc. , but also the ink that is placed on my body. If it isn’t Vegan ... chances are you are placing bone char, glycerin from animal fat, or gelatin inside of your body. Bad Karma that I’m proud to no longer partake in. Thank you @jasonwillpokeyou
( South Lake Tahoe, CA. ) for being a part of my continued journey - Ram Ram 🙏
Everyone, please slow down when you are driving. This is not to scare you but this could happen to anybody at any moment. Please do not drink/text/rush and drive! Not only are you endangering yourself, you are also endangering other passengers & pedestrians! When I am driving, I see people rushing to get to places. But no place is more important than your life. I found out an acquaintance that I don’t know really well got into an accident and he is hospitalized. He is now in a coma with broken legs and damaged brain/eyes. Please be very careful out there. 😊🙏 I personally don’t drink but if you do, you have to know that your unconsciousness can be dangerous.
𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞: 𝐔𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐊𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐚 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐑𝐞𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡: 𝐀 𝐁𝐮𝐝𝐝𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞
𝐛𝐲 𝐃𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐚 𝐒𝐭 𝐑𝐮𝐭𝐡
Understanding Karma and Rebirth A Buddhist Perspective Rebirth and reincarnation are 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐚𝐬𝐭and have been since ancient times.
What the next life will be is usually the question rather than whether it will be. 𝐈𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐞𝐬𝐭, on the other hand, we have our own religious and secular beliefs which usually do not include living another life, or at least not in this world or in this way.
A common idea amongst Westerners is that annihilation is an unavoidable fact: 'When you're dead you're dead!' But unless one wakes up to the truth of it - East or West - one is caught in cultural conditioning and personal beliefs. Buddhism is about becoming aware of what life actually is rather than being blinded by beliefs and conditioning.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐮𝐝𝐝𝐡𝐚 𝐬𝐚𝐰 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, events, and circumstances, one thing leading to another without beginning or end, timeless and limitless.
And he recognised that the part of ourselves which is aware, which sees and knows, is never born and never dies. He spoke of a direct 'seeing' into the nature of existence beyond words, beyond the intellect. Understanding the cause and effect process - the nature of karma and rebirth - and what lies behind it is the underlying message of this book. Diana St Ruth points out that Buddhism is a personal journey of discovery which involves seeing through one's own delusions. She leads us by degrees to a place of awareness, clarity of mind, and understanding.
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