“You don’t have to make up your mind what your nerve cells are going to do…”
Let yourself be, let the world be, let others be. Trust it all to be what it is.
(via Alan Watts on Facebook)
Over at her website, much-loved teacher and author, Tara Brach, has hundreds of dharma talks available to stream or download free! As she sweetly says at the beginning of each episode, they are “offered freely, and your support matters.” I subscribe to her podcast directly through iTunes and enjoy listening while driving, walking the dogs or working out.
In her most recent offering, Three Attitudes that Nourish a Liberating Practice, Tara shares her experience and insights from a recent retreat. She begins with the line of inquiry that lead to her developing the talk: ‘what way of paying attention really wakes us up out of the dream of being a separate self?’ And then, throughout the hour, she answers this question by sharing stories and guiding brief meditations. Spoiler alert: the three special attitudes to bring to your spiritual practice that will yield results (regardless of your particular practice or faith tradition) are 1) relaxation, 2) interest and 3) friendliness.
While I’m at it, if you haven’t read it, Tara Brach’s book, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha, is truly wonderful.
A healing guided meditation by Jack Kornfield to open your heart. Find a quiet place, 24 mins and enjoy:
“As you breathe in the heart area gently… let yourself remember and feel the sorrows you carry from betraying or harming others… from betraying or harming yourself… and from being betrayed and harmed by others.”
Allow the meditation to take your heart from the feeling of sorrow to the peace of forgiveness, and finally to the mind of lovingkindness, for your self, your friends, your enemies and all living beings.
Oh, boy! I just love the build up. Brilliant, natural progression:
In order to generate a spontaneous feeling of love and caring, first imagine an easy-to-love being (we used a helpless baby bird). Then gradually, in ever-widening circles, spread that feeling of tenderness to other imagined beings, until eventually you have imagined including all sentient beings. Finally, in a surprise twist ending, give that lovingkindness even to that person who can be the most challenging of all to love and accept: your self.
Go, find yourself a quiet corner, take 36 mins and wash your heart.
“Mindfulness is not going to solve all your problems. It’s not going to render your life a non-stop parade of unicorns and rainbows. Nonetheless, this is a superpower. And one that is accessible by you immediately.”
I sure do share Dan’s view on the future of mindfulness and meditation:
“It’s going to join the pantheon of no-brainers like brushing your teeth, eating well and taking the meds your doctor prescribed for you.”
If you missed it, enjoy Dan’s and animator Katy Davis’s: Meditation 101: A Beginner’s Guide
Legendary UK producer John Lloyd (QI, Blackadder and Spitting Image), turns his curiosity to knowledge itself, and questions whether intelligence is really all it’s cracked up to be.
“Kindness is an absolute. To be kind is good, full stop. Always, in any circumstance, kindness is better than anything…If you do what you know to be right, it’s extraordinarily powerful.”
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Watch John Lloyd’s full talk on General Ignorance — ‘it’s what we don’t know that really matters.’
(via Films for Action)
I listen to a lot of spiritual teachings by podcast. For me, it’s a great way to pass time while driving long distances or working out at the gym.
While searching up talks by Adyashanti, I recently discovered and enjoyed a fantastic discussion of Adya’s book Emptiness Dancing, presented by Lisa Natoli. Lisa is author of Gorgeous for God, and teaches in the tradition of A Course in Miracles.
In this hour-long podcast, Lisa reads from Adya’s book and gives commentary and her perspective on awakening. It’s a beautiful thing to see the truth of Ramana Maharshi‘s teaching: ‘you already are that which you seek,’ revealed in the paths of different spiritual traditions.
It takes a few minutes for Lisa to settle in on the topic, as she casually chats with her dog and sorts out a few distractions in this recording, which she made on the fly while traveling in Australia. But her presentation is straight-up and authentic, and it’s worth waiting for her to hit her stride.
If you are on a computer you can listen here (link will not appear on your mobile device):
Or you can download the podcast for free from iTunes (it’s the first podcast in the list ‘Adyashanti/Lisa Natoli Audio’).
(audio stream embedded and available via Talk Shoe)
Ambika Cooper’s beautiful melody has the power to embed the lovingkindness (metta) verses in your heart. It’s in just the right key for me to sing along and I am loving that it’s become an earworm, with the prayerful verses surfacing in the spaces of my day.
Plus, Sharon Salzberg joins in this kirtan-style recording, bringing it to a beautiful close with her spoken word version of the verses.
Digital download, regularly $1.99, is currently available free: vanarasmusic.com
Sample the melody:
May I be happy and peaceful
May I be healthy and strong
May I be safe and protected
May I live with ease
May you be happy and peaceful
May you be healthy and strong
May you be safe and protected
May you live with ease
May we be happy and peaceful
May we be healthy and strong
May we be safe and protected
May we live with ease
May all be happy and peaceful
May all be healthy and strong
May all be safe and protected
May all live with ease
This may be the best 21 minutes of dharma you ever hear. Adyashanti striking to the root. Funny, clear, beautiful.
“You don’t need acceptance, you need truth. We can’t accept until we see the truth, until we see that the way we hold the world, our selves and others — the ideas we have about them — are in no way true or valid whatsoever.”