four disciplines that help when you are ill

four disciplines that help when you are ill

A friend was behind in her book club reading. “I have to read four chapters,” she sighed. Editing herself, she amended “I choose to read four chapters.” I suggested “you get to read four chapters.” She was re-ordering her thinking as we listened. Living with chronic...

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Do be a do bee; Don’t be a don’t bee.

Do be a do bee; Don’t be a don’t bee.

I am contemplating the Buddhist paramita of discipline this month. Another facet of meaning of the word in this context is ethics and morality. Traditionally, there are three categories of ethics: refraining from negative actionsdoing what is positivehelping others...

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Basic Discipline

Basic Discipline

The Buddhist paramitas are those actions that result in character qualities associated with enlightened beings. As I learned it, the word means to cross over to the other side. On that side is sanity and wisdom. The six paramitas are generosity, discipline, patience,...

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what do you have to give?

what do you have to give?

A speaker at a conference I attended advised people to give people anything they asked for a day and watch what happened inside and out. He was encouraging people to play around with the idea of generosity. Generosity is one of the Buddhist paramitas. The way I...

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What attitudes and actions support you?

What attitudes and actions support you?

When I’m feeling uncertain, I reach for structure. (Twenty years ago, in the days immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, I cleaned my house. I realized after the fact that I was imposing order where I could on a disordered world.) Recent health challenges...

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How can our lives become more compassionate and creative – even in the face of difficulty? How can we connect with the sacred? I explore these questions by practicing the kind promises, report my wrangling here and in my monthly newsletter.

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