Is this the best use of my time?
In the Buddhist meditative tradition there are five traditional hindrances. They are things that arise in the formal practice of meditation but they also appear in every aspect of our lives.
Over the next few weekly emails I’ll share them with you.
So …. the first one is this tendency we beings have to waver, to be double minded and get thrown off the path toward ways of being that are actually very important to us. We intuit or know from past experience that calming the mind and cultivating kindness and love helps but …… we all too readily lose our connection to it because this other voice questions it and suggests that other things are more important: making money, cleaning the house, checking Facebook or following up our partner over something that’s bothering us.
Not to say that any of these other things are not important but funny isn’t it, we know more deeply in our being that if we are in really good nick then these other things fall into place more easily …. we don’t trust our core knowing.
So it’s useful to be aware of this when it happens – name it ….. ‘ah ha Mr. or Ms. Doubter ….. I see you! You’re not going to derail me this time!’
On another matter, one of our sangha, Asanka, has recently chosen to go to increasingly part time work so that she can offer support to elderly people who need it. I have known Asanka and her lovely Sri Lankan family for quite a few years now and I can assure you that anyone taking up her offer will be blest. Asanka has approached me to ask if I’m aware of anyone who could benefit from her offer and so, in turn, I’ve offered to connect anyone who might like to take up her offer to let me know.
Hope you can join us this week:
Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm Live and Zoom
Sunday 8 – 9 am Live and Zoom
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Dharmalata and on behalf of Padmadakini
Much metta to you and thanks so much to those who have been generous in helping us to make what we offer available to more of our community –
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