How to create a sane world: a Buddhist View (part 1)July 6, 2020 | 15 Comments
Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 8:15
Dear Open Heart Project,
Hello, excellent meditators. I hope you are well.
It is getting more and more intense out there as the pandemic intensifies in some places and lets up in others. And as the demands for change and justice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder go on unabated. And the US Presidential election gets closer and closer. And people are going to battle over wearing masks. And our leaders are at best suspect and at worst criminal. And we are all growing weary of the uncertainty and isolation… And, and, and…
This is an unprecedented time. No one can really tell you how it is going to turn out. That is very hard to bear. We want certainty. We want our routines back. We want to know that our government functions in our best interest. We want a just world. We want a damn coffee from our favorite coffee shop.
As human beings, our track record with uncertainty is. let’s just say: spotty. We don’t wear uncertainty well. It is very threatening and we want to pull into a safe port, whether it is our home, neighborhood, political beliefs, opinions, judgements, and on and on. We want to know who the “enemy” is and if it’s not glaringly obvious…we will make one up. That is very dangerous.
There is another way, my wonderful friends. It is possible to bear uncertainty with grace and spaciousness. I’m not saying it is easy to do, but as meditators you have have a massive head start. When you sit, you practice not settling into conclusions or tracking your every thought–but noticing it all and letting go.
Letting go is very powerful (not to mention brave). It is also the first step onto the spiritual path. When we let go of ideas and theories we have the chance to glimpse something fresh, something not churned out by the habitual thought kiln. Something new can come into being. Something sane, just, and decent.
How do you do this? In the Buddhist view, there are 8 steps on the journey. They are called the Noble Eightfold Path. Before today’s sit, I offer a few insights into the first step, “Right View.” In the coming email newsletters, I will go over all eight.
I hope you find this useful, inspiring, interesting or anything else that will serve you. Please let me know in comments! I always want to hear from you.
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