Serenity is the most important quality of my experience on this physical plane. There are many ways to maintain serenity. The one I have been most attracted to in the final weeks of this year 2014 is mindfulness. For me this means continually bringing my mind back to my body so as to be physically present in all I do more and more. Breathing is the first activity that I apply mindfulness to so that my mind and body are together here and now on this very subtle level. That allows me to notice when the breathing pauses and also the mind and to then enjoy the serenity of the vast space and silence free of all attributes of physicality All emotions, feelings, thoughts of any kind have subsided. The energy of that space and silence have captured my attention and now I am spontaneously drawn into the state where witnessing just happens. Continue reading
I am reposting this post from my wife’s blog (original post). Please check out her very inspiring blog for many more uplifting posts!
Alia’s Comments: This is what you might call a “crossover” post. It features one of Tomas’ daily Moroccan morning rituals and it also documents and affirms his experience of Heaven on Earth. Each morning, Tomas arises and begins his day with yoga and stretching for about 30 – 45 minutes. Then he makes himself (and me too — lucky me!) a splendid cup of coffee! Weather permitting, he takes the coffee, a notebook and one of his favored sacred texts out on our tiny kitchen balcony where he reads and writes and sips and savors all the delights of the new day. Here is Tomas’ journal entry for Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Enjoy. Continue reading
“There is no greater connector of souls than absolute abandonment to vulnerability.” -Amy Larson, amyjalapeno.com
I met my teacher in 1979. I was living in Germany at the time and was taking a yoga class at the local Red Cross Family Center. The instructor, Roswitha, was a student of a man from India, Sri S. Rajagopalan. She invited Rajo, as he was called, to our town for a weekend seminar. I signed up for the weekend and arrived early Saturday morning to meet Rajo in the dressing room, preparing for the seminar. The moment I saw him I felt he was my brother, because he was so familiar. In short, I fell in love with yoga as Rajo presented it to us and became close friends with him. I worked with him for over 20 years and eventually taught his style of yoga for many years in Germany, as well as in other parts of the world. When asked by my students what kind of yoga I teach, I tell them that I teach a form of yoga that allows me to access an experience of silence as the underlying substratum of existence. Continue reading
This is one short but very valuable passage from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Be Free Where You Are. I have been practicing this way for quite a while and I can confirm that it is one of the most effective, as well as simple meditations which can be done continually throughout the day. I very often do it when in bed for the night to calm the energy of the day and open me up to a restful night’s sleep. Enjoy! Continue reading
Be Free Where You Are, Thich Nhat Hanh:
Dear Friends, I wrote the following poem during the war in Vietnam after the town of Ben Tre was bombed by the United States Air Force. Ben Tre is the hometown of my colleague, Sister Chân Không. The U.S. forces destroyed the entire town because there were five or six guerrillas there. Later on, one officer declared that he had to bomb and destroy Ben Tre to save it from Communism.
This poem is about anger. Continue reading
“While we can connect to others more readily than ever before, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh worries that we’re losing our connection to body and mind. He offers a nourishing conscious breathing practice as a remedy.”
(source – original post: http://www.tricycle.com/blog/fear-silence)
I have the impression that many of us are afraid of silence. We’re always taking in something—text, music, radio, television, or thoughts—to occupy the space. If quiet and space are so important for our happiness, why don’t we make more room for them in our lives? Continue reading
Jeff Lieberman, an MIT-trained artist, scientist and engineer, makes a scientific argument for mystical experience. He asks us to challenge our perception of what we are, our relationship to the universe, and our relationship to one another. Our minds are “thought-generating machines.” What we would happen if we could turn off the machine? If we could transcend our individual experience of the world?