Do something to help it go back—not suppressing it, but helping it to go back. One way is to invite a beneficial seed to come up and replace it. p. 93 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.
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The suffering that the Buddha talked about [in the First Noble Truth: to live as a human being is to experience suffering], however, is an experience that is often much more subtle than outright pain. it is a feeling of dissatisfaction, a persistent feeling that things are not as they should be. It is an […]
Psychiatrist Jennifer Harris recently pointed out that today, “many clinicians find it easier to tell parents their child has a brain-based disorder than to suggest parenting changes.” p. 86 [From A Rush To Medicate Young Minds.] From Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.
The second aspect of practice is that if by chance the seed of anger, despair, jealousy, suffering or trauma has already manifested as a mental formation, we do something in order to help it go back down to sleep again as a seed in store consciousness. p. 92 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by […]
A young man at college today has unprecedented sexual opportunities. Unlike his father or grandfather, he is likely attending a school where men are outnumbered by women. Even boys who are not the best-looking or particularly popular now have an excellent chance of finding a woman to date. Nevertheless, as the New York Times reported […]
The first step of Right Diligence is to be attentive and skillful enough not to allow unbeneficial seeds to manifest. p. 92 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.
Every investigator [Sax’s endnote at this point, No. 16, page 237, cites five studies and provides links to The Guardian and the original government report (which is now decommissioned but may be accessible in an archive). JH] who has correlated the amount of time that a child or adolescent or young adult spends playing video […]
Consuming in mindfulness is also Right Action. p. 89 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.
…the agony of defeat is lessened by the comforting knowledge that [the boy] can just hit “Restart” and play [the game] all over again… and again. Today, any boy with a high-speed Internet connection can play in real time against another gamer across town or on the other side of the planet. Sophisticated headsets allow […]
Speaking can also change the world. If we’re capable of saying or writing something, in line with compassion, understanding, nondiscrimination and inclusiveness, we feel wonderful in our body and in our mind. That kind of speech will have a healing effect. After you’ve been able to say something kind, forgiving and compassionate, you feel much […]
Mater Dei School is an all-boys elementary school not far from my home in Montgomery County, Maryland, where this principle [that boys respond to challenges as long as: there are winners and losers and the outcome is in doubt. Anybody might conceivably win and anybody might conceivably lose. Everything depends on how hard you play.] […]
[Richard] Louv provides a compendium of research demonstrating that when there is profound imbalance in a child’s early experiences—when nature has been replaced by computers screens and fancy indoor toys—the result is an increased risk for attention deficit disorder. p. 31 [Many years ago I had a bright student who was prescribed a daily variety […]
We need to insert a tiny moment of reflection before we bite into a hot slice of pizza or the gooey chocolate brownie. This sounds easy, but it can be an interesting challenge. p. 19 From Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.
The Sanskrit word karma means action. p. 86 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.
[According to Richard Louv, author of Last Child In The Woods, p 63, 67] “Nature is about smelling, hearing, tasting.” The end result of a childhood with more time spent in front of computer screens than outdoors is what Louv calls “cultural autism. The symptoms? Tunneled senses, and feelings of isolation and containment… [and] a […]
[Air conditioning is part of the challenge] because typically we become hungrier in the winter and put on a few pounds of insulating fat. In hot weather we lose our appetites, eat lightly and keep cooler by shedding a few pounds. p. 19 From Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in […]
Imagine you’re sitting down to write a letter full of forgiveness and compassion. While you’re writing that letter, you’re healing yourself. Even if the other person hasn’t yet read your letter, the world around you begins to heal. You can practice Right Speech when you send an email, and it can relieve the suffering inside […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]