We can get off to a good start by lowering our standards and initiating our mindful eating by having one conscious sip of tea in the morning. Take a moment to become aware of the color of the tea, its fragrance. Feel the liquid in your mouth and throat. Open your awareness to the presence […]
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Robert Olen Butler writes: What superstitions do for the athlete is to irrationalize. and that’s what you have to do as a writer; you have to irrationalize yourself somehow. p. 22 Found in From Where You Dream: The Process Of Writing Fiction.
There are four guidelines concerning Right Speech. Speak truthfully, without lies. Speak consistently, without saying one thing to one person and something else to another. Speak respectfully, without insult. Speak accurately, without exaggeration. Then we are practicing Right Speech. p. 83 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my […]
Roldo Bartimole writes: Brent Larkin is taking off and running. He fakes to the left. And then goes right. Larkin’s column on Sunday appears to be a spanking of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Mayor Frank Jackson. It’s not. The headline says, “City’s stadium deal with the Browns is not good for people of Cleveland.” […]
Robert Olen Butler writes: You remember things; you can talk these things back and command details. You know literature. You’ve always found your self-worth there, and what I’m telling you is that literal memory is your enemy. It’s been a large part of your identity all your life, and that part is going to want […]
Food begins to serve many purposes. It is used to soothe, to distract, to procrastinate, to numb, to entertain, to seduce, to reward and even to punish. The once straightforward relationship between hunger, eating and satisfaction of our childhood becomes tangled up in all sorts of thoughts and emotions. p. 16 From Mindful Eating by […]
Robert Olen Butler writes: But this is the tough part: for those two hours a day when you write, you cannot flinch. You have to go down into that deepest, darkest, most roiling, white-hot place – it can’t be white-hot and dark at the same time, but I don’t care – that paradox, live with […]
In Buddhism, thinking is already action. By your thinking, you can destroy the world. but, it’s equally true that your thinking can save the world and bring healing. p. 82 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.
Here are some elements of a healthy relationship with food. 1. You feel happy and fully engaged in life when you are not eating. (Food is not your only reliable source of pleasure and satisfaction.) [Yes] 2. If you are not feeling hungry, you don’t eat. [No] 3. You stop eating when you feel full […]
Right Thinking is thinking that embodies the insight of nonduality, emptiness and interbeing. It is possible for us to produce thoughts that go along with this kind of insight. Such thoughts will heal us and heal the world, because they remove separation and despair. p. 81 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat […]
Mano Singham laments, No, we cannot [let these elections happen without reporters telling us ahead of time who’s supposed to win]. Because readers and viewers of political news have got addicted to ‘analyses’ that consist of certain phrases strung together leading to predictions about who is going to win the next election that are entirely […]
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In […]
To be mindful means to have the mind full, completely full, of what is happening now. When you’re chopping vegetables with a large sharp knife, the faster you slice, the more attentive you have to be, if you want to keep your fingers. p. 8 From Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays Nhat Hanh Previously… […]
Robert Olen Butler writes: Please get out of the habit of saying that you’ve got an idea for a short story. Art does not come from the mind. Art comes from the place where you dream. Art comes from your unconscious; it comes from the white-hot center of you. Found in From Where You Dream: […]
The notion of being and the notion of nonbeing both create a lot of fear. But with Right View we overcome both notions and we become fearless. p. 73 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.
[Eating mindfully] depends upon what our mind is doing as we eat. Are we just eating or are we thinking and eating? Is our mind in our mouth, or somewhere else? This is the crucial difference. p. 8 From Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.Zen, Jan Chozen […]
Robert Olen Butler writes: The artist is comfortable only with going back to the way in which the chaos is first encountered – that is, moment to moment through the senses. Then, selecting from that sensual moment-to-moment experience, picking out bits and pieces of it, reshaping it, she recombines it into an object that a […]
You can suffer because you get caught in the notion of self, but you also suffer if you get caught in the notion of non-self. Right View is free from discrimination and dualistic thinking. You don’t try to eliminate one thing and retain its opposite. You’re not trying to eliminate death and retain only life. […]
The first bite is delicious. Creamy, sweet-sour, melting. When I take the second bite, I begin about what to write next. The flavor in my mouth decreases. I take another bite and get up to sharpen a pencil. As I walk, I notice that I am chewing, but there is almost no lemon flavor in […]