As a birthday gift to myself, I thought I'd pull out one of my teacher's favorites on meditation. Mine, too. It's the classic of all classics.
It's the Buddha's Anapanasati Sutta with his famous teaching on mindfulness.
Try it. It's a great way to find peace.
Check it out.
Mindfulness of In-&-Out Breathing
"Now how is mindfulness of in-&-out breathing developed & pursued so as to be of great fruit, of great benefit?
"There is the case where a monk,
Let's forget politics today and talk about you. Or more particularly, knowing yourself. Who are you really? What is your life all about? Why?
Talk about heavy.
But really, isn't this what it's all about? You?
You are at the center of your universe. So why shouldn't your life be about you?
It's bringing you the experiences your soul came to get. Did you ever stop to think about why they might be important to your soul? Or better
Am I the only one torn over what we see in the news? It's as if the Trump election and months since have ripped a hole in the fabric of my reality, making me question some of the foundations of this life I've been living.
It's put me through something of an existential crisis lately.
Those who've followed me over the years know I've advocated staying above the fray for those who truly want peace. For peace
What's the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result?
Well, then I must be nuttier than a fruitcake.
Because I'm still here talking about peace while addressing the conditions -- both inner and outer -- that combine to steal it.
Lately that's had me writing and speaking on the wars going on in our political affairs. But I must really be nuts going there. Because no one wants peace. Most
Do you like to watch a good fight? There's a great one going on and I thought maybe you'd like to watch it with me. It's called ObamaGate, and we've got ringside seats for a winner-take-all death match now going on for the future of our country.
Once upon a time I thought I'd be part of that battle.
That was before I interned in D.C. back when Nixon was in the White House. Like now, it
This is the time of changes. Where we go from here is up to us.
We all know the news. Turmoil abroad. Turmoil at home. Passions run hot, and people are at each others' throats. We can't seem to agree on much of anything.
Worse, we don't want to listen to those who see things another way. They're crazy. And wrong!
Besides, it just plain hurts to wrap our minds around their words and their implications to our
Did you ever doubt yourself? Have you ever wondered whether you're on the right track? Or that you were enough for the job?
I have. And often still do.
It's hard, popping your own balloon and seeing yourself as you really are. Sometimes you just don't like what you see.
My new life started over four years ago after my brush with death. It changed me forever in ways I'm only now beginning to realize.
We lost our law
Disruption. One of its definitions, according to the Free Dictionary, is "to break apart or alter so as to prevent normal or expected functioning."
Well, that pretty much describes Trump's administration in a nutshell. He ran on a campaign of reversing course on policies and practices ingrained in a Beltway culture that thinks change is for everyone else -- so long as they can keep on keeping on the same old way.
No where is that disruption
Obamagate. You'd think an ex-president would know better than to direct the vast surveillance powers of the American government toward a private U.S. citizen, much less one that was running to replace him in the highest office in the land.
But for a supposedly smart guy, this sure looks like a dumb move. Because now it's coming back to bite him -- big time.
Since before the election Trump has been hounded by allegations that the Russians
A coup in America? No way, you say. I must be nuts. And I hope I am.
But that's the way it looks to me. America is in the middle of an attempted coup, and the two sides are slugging it out while we watch.
At the very least, the picture being painted suggests a concerted effort to undermine, disrupt and eventually overthrow Donald Trump by any means possible.
The bedrock of the Establishment -- media, celebrities, politicians,