Now is the time to develop our trust in Basic Goodness. The first step is being honest with ourselves. Natural intelligence is always available to us. Pause periodically and allow a gap into whatever you are doing.
Pause for 3 conscious breaths, or listen to the sounds around for a minute or so.
Shenpa – translates as attachment
1. Our storyline fuels it
2. Comes with an undertow
3. Has consequences which are frequently unpleasant
1. Acknowledge you’re hooked
2. Pause, take 3 conscious breaths, & lean into the energy, get curious
3. Then relax, and move on.
Intention Practice (good in the beginning, good in the end)
1. In the morning acknowledge a consciousness building task, keep it simple
2. In the evening some time before you go to bed check-in and review how your contemplation went
Commit to pausing throughout the day. Allow time to experience life’s natural energy.
The Dalai Lama suggests fasting one day a week, or skipping a meal to empathize with those people that are forced to starve.
Compassionate Abiding (an excellent preliminary to Tonglen)
* Breathe In: the feeling of being hooked, open up to it, & relax.
* Breathe Out: Ventilate and give it space
Tonglen – expands as our ability to deal with more and more unwanted feelings increases
* Stand still, pay attention to anyone who catches your eye
* Contact whatever feeling arises
* Say to yourself: May both of us be able to feel feelings like this without it causing us to shut down.
* Breathe In: take on the pain of others so they will be free of it
* Breathe Out: give them all your comfort and ease
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