on embracing my Buddha-nature

A survivor's search for inner peace and healing


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words of my yoga therapist….

“Wherever it is that you are right now, is where you are supposed to be.”

Pretty profound words. Of course, she was referring to a pose that we as a class were doing. But for me, those words she spoke went far beyond yoga class and a simple pose.

her words give me a lot to think about. In a way, those words are very comforting. I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself. To be better. To do better. To look better. To be farther along in my study of Buddhism. To be farther along in my healing. To be feeling better, and be having less pain from the accident I was in last week.

After all, I am Super Woman, don’t you know…..

And when I experience a set back, as I did this past weekend, I can bring that hammer down pretty hard on myself.

So, for me, her words were welcome to my ears and to my mind and body and soul. My yoga therapist may just turn out to be one of my best teachers.

I am still pondering on those words, and trying to keep them at the forefront of my day. Maybe setting them as a daily intention for a period of time would be helpful.

Namaste


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my silence…

I have been silent from here for some time now. Things have happened, some physical. Some emotional.

My physical health is not wonderful. I still am having much pain from the car accident I was in. And I have been feeling very exhausted.

I don’t know what is going on inside of me, emotionally. I have not been able to put my words into writing. Between being exhausted, and not being able to write, I have been left tired and frustrated.

I don’t fully understand what it is that is going on inside of me, but hopefully with some thought and meditation, I will come to understand what it is, and what I can do to take care of my self.

Hopefully I will be back in full form, and writing soon.

Thank you for having patience with me.

Namaste


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your own worst enemy…

I came across a quote on Facebook the other day:

“The person who says it cannot be done
Should not interrupt
The person doing it.”

–Chinese proverb

It spoke to me. I had to sit with it and think for a time. And this is what it said to me.

I don’t think this proverb is referring to two different people. I see it as referring to one–to me. And I think it is saying this:

Do not let yourself be your own worse enemy…

Do not let those words of self doubt fill your mind. Remember that you can do it, that you are doing it.

Something like that.

But I know from experience that I can do that to myself. I can stop myself in the middle of doing something and say to myself, you can’t do it. Sometimes I need to listen to my inner voice.

And sometimes, I need to not listen to my inner voice.

I need to not interrupt myself when I am in fact doing what I thought impossible.

I have much to learn, and far to go.

Namaste


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Mahamudra/Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin

The following quoted text was posted on Facebook by my Sangha. I love it. I found it very insightful to read, and I find it is something I really need to keep in mind when I meditate. So I just had to share it here.

Namaste

MAHAMUDRA IS EFFORTLESS

“Mahamudra is effortless. The practice of shamatha is the key to effortlessness. When you practice meditation, fix your posture and align it so that heaven and earth are completely in conjunction. Your body becomes the lightning rod between heaven and earth. Then relax everything. Let your past dissolve into the earth, let your future dissolve into space, let the present moment dissolve into your breath, and then forget everything you just did. Stare directly into space and relax your mind. And whatever happens, don’t be concerned. The absence of deliberate action is the real message. My dear friends, you make much too big a deal of your meditation practice. You should relax your body, speech and mind, and let your mind go where it will. If something occurs, don’t be concerned. If something doesn’t occur, don’t be concerned. Take this very moment as empty in itself and at the same time full of Buddha’s wisdom and insight.”

— from The Chariot of Liberation, Talk 5, April 1984 by Vajra Regent Ă–sel Tendzin

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