Let it go (meditate)

In general I try to avoid swearing these days, but sometimes you just need to get your point across. Meditate, let it go ... forgiveness is good for your heart, and good for your soul.*

* Forgiveness doesn’t mean you should be a carpet for others to walk on.

Zen: Enlightenment may be for just an instant

If you’re interested in the Land of Enlightenment, it can be important to know that when you read a story about a Zen monk gaining enlightenment, that enlightenment may be for just an instant, not a lifetime. (So don’t feel bad if your moment(s) didn’t last.) This 90-second video explains this.

Zen priest, Harvard researcher explains the secret to a good life

“Living in the midst of conflict is really bad for our health. High-conflict marriages, for example, turn out to be very bad for our health, perhaps worse than getting divorced.”

Zen priest, Harvard researcher, and psychiatrist Robert Waldinger explains the secret to a good life, including three key findings: Social connections are good for humans, loneliness is bad; The quality of your close connections is so important that it’s one of the key indicators of whether you’ll be happy and healthy later in life; Good relationships protect the brain.

Some of the abridged text is here on LionsRoar.com, the full TED talk is here on ted.com.

Zen, mindfulness, and compassion don’t mean “be a wimp”

When I first started studying Zen and the Tao, I interpreted many of the quotes I read as “let things be just as they are.” For a while that led to me acting as a doormat, letting other people do as they wished, even treating me poorly. I did that consciously, so even though I was acting like a wimp I didn’t feel like a wimp, I was just trying to practice what I was learning.

After a while I realized that was a wrong approach. Even if I lived in a Zen monastery, it would be wrong to allow someone to bully me.

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Shinzen Young on “Noting Gone”

Noting Gone may lead to a spontaneous spirit of love and service (bodhicitta). As I’ve said, where sensory events go to is where they sensory events arise from. Gone points to the source of your own consciousness ... so Noting Gone can lead to a spontaneous sense of oneness with — and commitment to — all beings.”

From the book, The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works by Shinzen Young.