"Life is a dream if you have gratitude." 🌸
ln the land of smiles : - ) 🎊
Bangkok, Thailand 2014. .
"Do not turn away what is given you,
Nor reach out for what is given to others,
Lest you disturb your quietness.
For what has been given you,
Be pure, never falter." And if/when you do falter, as we all tend to...pick yourself up, dust yourself off and as the Buddhist say, begin again. .
No better time than now 🙏
The Buddha's Four Noble Truths:
1. In life, there is suffering.
2. The cause of suffering is tanha, or 'craving'.
3. It is possible to end suffering.
4. The way to end suffering is the Eight-fold path.
Anicca 🔘 Anicca 🔘 Anicca
I fell asleep with these words in teacher Goenka's voice lulling me as I scanned my body, having just returned from 12 days away learning Vipassana meditation, 10 of which I spent in Noble Silence (no touch, no eye contact, no talking out loud) - what Gautama the Buddha discovered and then shared with as many as he could, no matter what status one held in life.
The practice involved sitting for long hours and learning anapana and vipassana meditative techniques that afford one the opportunity to uncover the deepest layers of the mind and move beyond the three characteristics of being: dukkha (suffering); anatta (absence of personal / immortal soul); and anicca (impermanence). I've been fascinated by impermanence since the day I first understood it through experience 🔘
And I believe everything comes to be understood through experience, not just blind faith or letting someone talk over you/at you in a way you cannot understand.
EVERY MOMENT IS CHANGE
EVERY MOMENT WE EXPERIENCE BIRTH AND DEATH BIRTH AND DEATH BIRTH AND DEATH 👁🗨
And it's not frightening when you understand the very moment you are born you are set for misery, none of us escape it.... but as human beings we are afforded the beautiful gift of conscious thought and we can get to the bottom of the bottom and we can experience Truth in a way that brings us ever lasting peace, makes us most compassionate, and allows us to come out of the cyclical nature of Wanting and Not Wanting / Clinging and Addiction / Aversion and Disease in the body & mind 🌀🌀🌀
I learned so much about myself and by the 7th day I felt so much relief and understanding for how my mind operates (I am not perfect); and it illumined one of my biggest attachments: People 🖤
Knowing that every person I treasure WILL some day travel on from this plane of existence has often dropped me to my knees, crippled with fear.
But Annica reminds me, it's ok, it's all shifting at every moment, and I can choose to witness that at the most subtle level instead of cling to the fear as it creates a sensation of 'pain' in my body. ((Continue in Comments))
The mixture between culture and nature is overwhelming
A man wanted to become a monk so he went to the monastery and talked to the head monk.
The head monk said, "You must take a vow of silence and can only say two words every three years."
The man agreed and after the first 3 years, the head monk came to him and said, "What are your two words?"
"Food cold!" the man replied.
Three more years went by and the head monk came to him and said "What are your two words?"
"Robe dirty!" the man exclaimed.
Three more years went by and the head monk came to him and said, "What are your two words?"
"I quit!" said the man.
"Well," the head monk replied, "I am not surprised. You have done nothing but complain ever since you got here!"
Do you complain Or are you a grateful person?
Let me know your thoughts 💭
Share with the grateful ones!