by Cheryl Wilfong, Guest Blogger I bought a pale yellow datura in the spring. Since the summer was hot and dry, not much happened, but now that it’s cool and dry, the Georgia O’Keefe flower is blooming. I’ve grown the lavender daturas (a.k.a. jimsonweed) before and sworn off the thorny seed pod because next year, datura pops up in several places. Mostly, i weed out the little seedlings, but this year i kept one lavender datura out in the vegetable garden. Like the scattering of datura seeds, we never know how the effects of our actions ripple out, but ripple
Mindfulness is central in the teachings of the Buddha. It is an important mental factor in many areas of practice. However, we may confuse mindfulness/sati with attention in our practice. We focus on an object to the exclusion of everything else, and it seems like we are “being mindful”. Unfortunately, this can feel tight and uncomfortable. But, the analogies that the Buddha used shows that sati is more than attention. Sati is like a guard at the gate of the city who has a broad view of what is happening. “Just as a royal frontier fortress has a gatekeeper—wise, experienced,
by Devin R., Practice Leader At four this morning I woke up spontaneously, noticing that my mind had turned to writing a blog post in my head. Did I want to be writing at four in the morning? No I did not. And then I noticed the irony and began to chuckle–because the idea that woke me was to write about one particular poem and its relationship to mindfulness and compassion. You will recognize this poem, as it’s one of the pieces most quoted by meditation teachers around the globe. You’ve probably read it a thousand times yourself. (If not,
I have always loved being in nature. When I was young, there was a stream near my house, and I can remember sitting in a nest of tree roots which hung out over the water. As we get older, we may forget that we once had the ability to simply be present in the natural world. But we still have the ability to immerse ourselves in a beautiful, natural area, and be open to what that experience can teach us.