What Your Meditation Practice Is Missing. "Kindness is what our mindfulness meditation is often missing, according to Buddhist teacher Venerable Ajahn Brahm. Last month in Bangkok I had the privilege of attending a one-day retreat with him, where he taught and guided us in ‘kindfulness’ meditation practice. Kindness… Mindfulness… Kindfulness. I’ve never heard the term before and I have to tell you, I am completely enamoured with it. The great Ajahn (a Thai term of address for an esteemed…
The Heart of a Mother "With Mother’s Day upon us, I want to take a moment to honour what being a mother means. Certainly no mother is perfect. Some are downright challenging. Mine happens to be incredibly kind, and it’s my good fortune to be celebrating her today. But no matter the mother we’ve known, according to my Buddhist training we all owe them a great debt for bringing us into the world, for this life is a precious gift. Regardless of whether you consider yourself a Buddhist, a…
I attended the launch event of Sakyadhita Australia, at the Buddhist Society of Victoria. Sakyadhita means daughters of the Buddha, and this non-profit, non-sectarian organisation was founded to connect and support local Buddhist women of all traditions. Click through for blog article about the event.
No Amount Of Makeup Can Bring Out Your Inner Beauty
No Amount of Makeup Can Bring Out Your Inner Beauty. "Practicing mindfulness...means beginning to see the perfection of the present moment as it is, beyond the thoughts and emotions that usually cloud our perception. Our judgment is always an added extra. That being said, it's often not easy to accept the present moment or embrace ourselves as we are right now..." #meditation #mindfulness #beauty #makeup
Chinese New Year: A Time to Think of Family "It’s the eve of Chinese New Year and several of my friends will be visiting their families tonight for what’s known as ‘reunion dinner’. Although my paternal grandfather was of Chinese heritage, my family have never done anything special to celebrate the occasion. Nevertheless, it’s got me reflecting on family—the support, the challenges, and the responsibilities that come with being part of one..."
Would You Rather Be the Bigger Expert...or the Kinder Person? "I attended a talk recently, where a well known local actress unabashedly bad-mouthed a fellow (rather famous) Australian actor. Her comments came within a conversation about living with wisdom, of all things..." #kindness #nonjudgment
Less Cynicism, More Happiness. (Yes, please!) "A friend of mine used to work as a consultant at one of the ‘Big 4’ firms. Aside from his business acumen, you’ll never guess what he was most well known for, even among some of his top clients … giving out smiley face badges. One per day on average to a random person he crossed paths with. His only motivation was to share a little happiness..."
pp: In my native Tibet, the value of a person rests not on physical appearance, not on intellectual or athletic achievement, but on the basic, innate capacity for compassion in all human beings.” HH the 14th Dalai Lama (The Universe in a Single Atom)
A meditation practice may benefit us, so why are we, the over-scheduled, finding excuses to keep putting off for later? Fortunately, there are strategies that even the busiest people can use to build a regular practice. There’s no need to wait until your calendar is clear . Narissa Doumani gives us 6 ways busy people make time for meditation.
"Thoughts are like the wind; they come and go. The secret is not to "think" about thoughts, but to allow them to flow through the mind, while keeping your mind free from after thoughts." ~Sogyal Rinpoch