Lately, I've been reading more and more Facebook updates and Huff Post-type articles urging people to "do what you love" and "live your dream". Considering it's an incredibly difficult economic time and the U.S. has a 6.3% unemployment rate (for African Americans it's 11.5%), and the poverty rate is ~16 percent of the population, these seem like absurd suggestions. Not to mention that actually living right here right now is reality, and reality is where wisdom and compassion exist, not in a future fantasy or dream.
TenzinPalmo walked into the shrine room, prostrated to the Buddha, took her seat at the teacher's table, and beamed at the 150 people gathered there. Her first words set the tone for a week of teachings: "Ani, you should not be in back. Move up."
I can remember trying to 'feel' the swampy mess of bodily sensations and emotions I felt trapped inside me. What were these squeezings in my chest and throat, this panicked gripping in my abdomen? I knew there was wisdom in the body and that if I could relate with it, I might feel less stuck in my life