IDP's Fall 2012 class series, "In Search of the Self," explored the many ways we construct ideas about who we are and reviewed several Buddhist theories on how we create a sense of self and why we cling to it. It's a fascinating subject, of course -- who are we? Why do we react the way we do? How do we build our sense of self -- and how do we deconstruct it.
Before I started meditating I took yoga classes for several years. I was no poster girl for yoga, but I did develop a familiarity with my body's mechanics. So I was pretty smug when I was introduced to mindfulness of body. I knew my body. Thing is, I knew how my body worked (or didn't). I knew how it looked. I didn't know how it felt.
So I think we are starting Week 2, but, Wait! Wait! I am still working on concentration. Wait! Wait! I have been doing this since 2008 and I am still on Week 1. Jeez, Meredith, hurry up and get it together. Get with the program! OR REAL HAPPINESS WILL CONTINUE TO ELUDE YOU!
Wow! Do any of you notice those feelings? I like Sharon's description about how miserable we make ourselves. She gives the example of eating an apple, wishing we were eating a banana, and then desiring a mango. In my case, my mind goes to wondering why I don't have a whole fruit tree!
In order to find a solution we first have to recognise that there is a problem. Then we can get to work on how the problem can be solved. ... Both men and women need to publicize and condemn any abusive behavior of which they are aware and to support and aid the victims of such cruelty. JetsunmaTenzinPalmo
In this article posted in The Guardian, The Mind With Heart Network is described as dedicated to giving children the space to “investigate what happiness, empathy, altruism, and compassion are.” Founded by a group of four educators in the UK in 2010, the organization offers a mindfulness curriculum and trainings to teachers all over the world who are willing to participate.