A meditative practice, like physical exercise, demands reaching a limit and moving beyond it. We often refer to “deepening our practice,” and what we mean is finding new levels of insight, or extending the durations of our sits, or perhaps engaging in retreats that might have earlier been too demanding. This is all considered part of a healthy introspective life.
The first time I saw Oprah Winfrey, who has a net worth of $2.9 billion, promoting mindfulness on the cover of O! Magazine, I was taken aback. I was fairly new to Buddhist studies then, and I was protective of the dharma. How did mindfulness -- the practice of recognizing what's going on in the present moment and noting the distractions of desire and despair as they arose -- fit with a magazine that promoted buying pretty things to make yourself happier? (O! highlights a monthly list of things Oprah likes -- that I could never afford.)
Sharon Salzberg’sReal Happiness at Work points to the possibility that we could experience and engender happiness at work in a myriad of ways. The practice of following one’s breath and returning to the present moment can make us personally less stressed and able to be less reactive; but where the “rubber hits the road” is how our buttons are pushed when we are off of the cushion. The reason that meditation is r
For the fourth in the series of my videos promoting Sharon Salzberg's latest book release, 'Real Happiness At Work', I sit down in my workplace and attempt a conversation with two of my bosses who are having a disagreement. The conversation goes not at all according to plan and I'm not sure anything gets resolved. But I believe we all stayed mostly present. Here's the video:
Buddhism is a practical philosophy - it's meant to be tried and tested in the "real" world. It's designed to help us understand where we get in our own way to happiness. To newbies, it sometimes sounds pretty depressing when we talk about the reality of suffering and the path to liberation from suffering. To me, I actually have a harder time with the teachings about joy.
You have opportunities every day to step beyond your role at work and act like a whole human being, offer a helping hand, learn the skill outside your scope of work, allow yourself to be helped by others. This will make your life more humane and deeply fulfilling.