I was planning to write a post today about holiday gift-giving and how we're all under so much pressure to buy presents that we forget what it's like to be generous. Except on Saturday I started to feel pain around my right eye. I thought it was probably from grinding my teeth (I have TMJ) but by Sunday afternoon the pain had increased and redness appeared underneath my bottom eyelid.
Our times demand that we utilize the whole of our human potential in order to solve personal and global problems. The future demands training in the entirety of our innate capacity – what I am calling “creative intelligence,” and the development of tools and promoting awareness of the potential within each of us to function as fully authentic beings.
Would you rather be seen by a doctor who paid attention to you, who listened to what you said during your appointment, or one who was distracted, whose mind was somewhere else, who heard the first few sentences and then made assumptions?
I remember the first time I saw a headline touting "mindfulness" on the cover of O, the Oprah
magazine, which also extolls the benefits of a $250 french fry maker and $300 Ugg boots. I was disconcerted. This was several years ago, and I was fairly new to Buddhist study and protective of the teachings, which didn't seem to belong in a bible of conspicuous consumption and body image. It seemed to be a misappropriation of the teachings.
The Buddha said that hatred never destroys hatred -- only love can do that. But it's hard not to hate people who hurt people, especially when the ones they hurt are children, especially when they hurt our children. That's what makes a letter written by the father of a teenager who was set on fire on a bus so extraordinary.
Maybe you won’t admit it, but I gave myself away one day in a workshop. I actually heard myself say it, “I want to be perfect.” Well, I didn’t actually hear it at first; it was everyone’s reaction to my admission that startled me. They felt sorry for me!
Laurie Anderson -- performance artist, meditator, and wife of Lou Reed -- wrote an extraordinarily beautiful description in this week's Rolling Stone of her husband's death. The couple were students of YongeMingurRinpocheand had studied Buddhist teachings on how to prepare for death -- and how to live when one spouse has a terminal illness.