7 Qualities of the Dharmic Person: #2June 14, 2021 | 24 Comments
Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 12:40.
Dear Open Heart Project,
Hello! I hope you are well and feeling a return to a bigger and more beautiful normalcy. Whatever normal means!
This video is the second in our new series, “The Seven Qualities of the Dharmic Person” (aka you). These qualities arise organically from our meditation practice.
The first quality, passionlessness, was discussed here. I include the link in case you missed it/are interested, but you don’t have to go back and watch if you’d rather not. You can jump in right here, with dharmic quality #2: contentment.
As I mention in the short talk that precedes our meditation practice, most of us are not on speaking terms with contentment. In fact, we are actively discouraged from it! Instead, we are continually urged to move faster, acquire more, go further…just keep moving. Why?! Of course we have ambitions and plans (I know I do) but what usually happens when we accomplish our ambitions or execute our plans is…they begin to feel valueless. If I can do it, it must not be that great, better keep pushing, trying, efforting, more, more, more. At least that’s what my inner voices say.
I’ve discovered that more I experiment with contentment–basic satisfaction with who I am and what I possess–the more energy and joy I have. Energy and joy turn out to be far more efficacious in accomplishing things (not to mention a general sense of well-bing) than constantly shoving myself to assume a different, better, more impressive shape.
How does one accomplish such contentment? Have a listen! As always, I love to hear your responses.
PS Look for the next video in two weeks (June 28), on dharmic quality #3, “fewer activities.”