Usually it is said that cultivated practice does not go beyond purification of mind, speech, action, and the six senses, but the Zen way is not necessarily like this.
Because Zen concentration is equal to transcendent insight in every moment of thought; wherever you are, there are naturally no ills. Eventually one day the ground of mind becomes thoroughly clear and you attain complete fulfillment. This is called absorption in one practice.
People who attain study the path twenty-four hours a day, never abandoning it for a moment. Even if these people do not gain access to it, every moment of thought is already cultivating practical application.
If you are in a state of intense presence you are free of thought, yet highly alert. If your conscious attention sinks below a certain level, thought rushes in, the mental noise returns, stillness is lost, you’re back in time.
Keep your heart clear and transparent
and you will never be bound.
A single disturbed thought, though,
creates ten thousand distractions.
Let myriad things captivate you,
and you’ll go further and further astray.
How painful to see people
all wrapped up in themselves.
1. Try to reconnect with an old friend from “way back” – even if it’s just by facebook or text.
2. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air – and notice the beauty and the freedom you sense there.
3. Read a good book – and enjoy being inspired and imaging a life in a different kind of world.
4. Get on your bike, jog, or go to the gym – as exercise is great for improving your mood.
5. Chat to the people who serve you in the store, or at the coffee shop … or anywhere you are – it can make you feel a part of that greater world out there.
6. Listen to some music that makes you feel alive, and maybe even dance, or try to sing along to it.
7. Remind yourself it’s normal to be alone at times, and you don’t need other people to give you self esteem.
of us spend our life in effort, in struggle; and the effort, the
struggle, the striving, is a dissipation of that energy. Man, throughout
the historical period of man, has said that to find that reality or
God—whatever name he may give to it—you must be celibate; that is, you
take a vow of chastity and suppress, control, battle with yourself
endlessly all your life, to keep your vow. Look at the waste of energy!
It is also a waste of energy to indulge. And it has far more
significance when you suppress. The effort that has gone into
suppression, into control, into this denial of your desire distorts your
mind, and through that distortion you have a certain sense of austerity
which becomes harsh. Please listen. Observe it in yourself and observe
the people around you. And observe this waste of energy, the battle. Not
the implications of sex, not the actual act, but the ideals, the
images, the pleasure—the constant thought about them is a waste of
energy. And most people waste their energy either through denial, or
through a vow of chastity, or in thinking about it endlessly.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life
Until the end
It will be worth it
Because in the end you will be praised.
Until the end
Because if you give up, you have lost,
And it gets harder, the way up
1. Write about the things that are getting you down.
2. Go for a walk, or exercise.
3. Do something creative.
4. Listen to your favourite music.
5. Make a list of the things you’re thankful for.
6. Take a break from your phone and social media.
7. Do something kind for yourself.
8. Do something kind for someone else.
9. Watch a funny movie.
10. Remind yourself that feelings are temporary.
1. Believe that you can have a new, and better, future.
2. Believe that you can get there – one step and day at a time.
3. Allow yourself to really feel your feelings.
4. Don’t judge yourself for what happened in the past.
5. Know your triggers.
6. Have a plan to cope with your triggers.
7. Challenge negative and self-defeating thinking.
8. Seek out healthy and inspiring role models.
9. Accept yourself completely.
10. Practice self-care.
1. I am unique
2. I am worthwhile
3. I am worthy
4. I can change
5. I can make it
6. I can succeed
7. I can be happy and have a great life.