Did you know that if you consciously exercise one of your strongest character traits every day , you can naturally increase your happiness?
Of course I have an idea of what my strongest traits are but I took this survey www.viacharacter.org anyway to find out what my top trait was (according to them anyway ). Turns out it’s bravery 💪. So apparently this means I don’t shrink away from threat, challenge, difficulty or pain. I speak up for what’s right even if there is opposition and I act on my convictions.
And I would say ... true . Except I am very very afraid of spiders and actually lots of other things. But apart from that , yes, I would say I lean in towards that which scares me. Before I knew that exercising a strong personal character trait leads to measurable increased happiness , I have to admit I often , especially when I’m feeling a little uninspired , will do something that scares me a little or a lot .
I’m obsessively Interested in happiness , meaning and purpose and I’m so honored to be able to witness those I work with find theirs through tools like yoga and meditation , positive psychology and philosophy. Yes I may have been born with a little touch of extra courage but I firmly believe it’s through these tools that Ive Increased my capacity for courage.
Ps .. if I ever see the value in spiders I might tackle that challenge too ... but for now we keep our respectable distances from each other .
What’s your number one character strength ? And can you imagine ways to exercise it everyday ?
Take the test and let me know
WHEN WILL THOUGHTS BE YOUR ALLIES?
If there is a faint fire, casting firewood to it would extinguish it. But when the fire is burning strong, casting firewood to it would only make it flare stronger.
When your experience of Luminosity is only like a faint fire, casting a few thoughts to it would extinguish it. But if you are already in oneness with Luminosity, casting a heap of thoughts would not diminish it, but would make Luminosity blaze even more vibrantly. Thoughts are the very food for Luminosity.
Change your attitude about thoughts.
Don’t believe them; see them like an old man sees kids playing whatever games they are playing. Don’t follow them; let them play the games of Luminosity, then Luminosity only becomes more radiant.
Thoughts are only worthy of scare only when they are believed.
Once they are unbelieved, they are unfollowed.
Once they are unfollowed, thoughts are no longer scary enemies, but allies who enhance Luminosity's radiance.
Then, anything that happens will only be the familiarization of enlightenment.
Trong Suốt (From Trong Suot’s Dharma talk, “Thoughts is Dharmakaya”, Hanoi October 8, 2018. Translated by Minh Ngân)
Vimalakirti was sick
In the same way the #buddha died.
The painful lesson is given.
It only appears that way.
Upon final analysis,
Three styles of coemergent unfolding and enfolding.
The #gnotruth is beyond all petty discrimination
Open and bright
Potential and creativity dance together and this is #spacetime . Wrong views are clung to and that is #samsara . When OneMind falls into dualistic discrimination of false imagination (the lankavatara calls it false imagination. I like that), there are “sentient beings”. Stop that once and for all and it is remembered that Buddha was already there. On a cloudy ⛅️ day the sun is obscured but not diminished. When the clouds burn away we see that the sun was already there. Namo buddhaya.
#mind#yogi chasing that delightful sarvavijnana all the way through this simple #presentmoment with continual #mindfulness and vigilance. The kingdom is here now. Come home to the #pureland of the present moment. This is a kind of #yoga . #mahamudra .
“What I am saying is that technology-assisted meditation is a way to give people experience and an appetite to seek more, to seek higher result.”—— Speaking at the symposium on Technology-Assisted Meditation at Harvard University
She goes in to see him because they have an appointment. He needs to check her work, because she’s studying Chinese and they don’t have Chinese in the curriculum. At this public high school. The floors are waxy she wears a skirt black with beige geometric patterns made with batik a technique using wax. It squeaks the floor under her feet. The batik pattern is Mayan or something, a general ethnic reference, a good way for a suburban girl to exercise her individuality in the 1980s. She studies Chinese because she thinks the world is largely Chinese by numbers by population and what a resource it would be to speak this language what a gesture of reaching out of widening her horizons. And what a way to begin to make a difference. And how beautiful it looks on paper the characters. And she’s lonely, her mind, at sea, spins in on itself. It longs for company. She has to check with him to get a grade, to get credit for the work. Should I have not tried to get credit for the work? She wonders, years later. Was it wrong of me, greedy of me to want credit? For the work? He is impressed with her. She can see that. She’s mature and self-possessed. He doesn’t like that. She can see that too. He instantly starts to ask her questions that make her sweat, make her feel bumps all over, make her shift in her seat and look up at the clock and hear it tick tock so loudly suddenly. And she watches the Chinese characters blur as she tries to explain what they mean to this teacher because he has to grade her. But she stammers. He holds the keys. Is the thing. He holds them. And he jangles them. Is the thing. And he is looking at her in a different way. And how long has she been in this room with him now? And what is life but a series of constantly shifting arrangements? Of power? This much is clear to her. She will never get credit for taking Chinese. And she won’t try to make a difference again or exercise her volition again, not for a long time. Because she knows now the most important thing is just to make sure to never again be alone in a room with the doors shut when a man holds the keys.
OHM-AH-HUM 🙏😭 I love You Master!! you’ve had melted my heart so many times... My forever rainbow 🌈! Ahhhhhhhhhhh x7!!
Yet continuing without interruption,
Neither coming nor going, omnipresent,
Immutable space, beyond definition,
Perfect state without any obstruction,
Existent from the very beginning,
Self-created, without location,
With nothing negative to reject,
And nothing positive to accept,
Infinite expanse, all-pervading,
Immense and limitless, unbound,
With nothing even to dissolve,
Or from which to be liberated.
Present beyond Space and Time,
Existent from the beginning,
Immense dimension of inner space,
The radiance of clarity is like the sun and moon,
As indestructible as the Vajra
As stable as the mountain,
As pure as the lotus,
Strong as a lion,
Beyond all limits;
Peak of the Dharma,
Light of the Universe,
Perfect since the very beginning.”
One of the most influential minds this world has seen.. In Samadhi! Transcending to the Infinite. -
- 🌈🙏 Thank you for liberating me in this life Norbu !!!
Now, I, Vairocana Buddha am sitting atop a lotus pedestal; On a thousand flowers surrounding me are a thousand Sakyamuni Buddhas. Each flower supports a hundred million worlds; in each world a Sakyamuni Buddha appears. All are seated beneath a Bodhi-tree, all simultaneously attain Buddhahood. All these innumerable Buddhas have Vairocana as their original body.
— Vairocana (The Brahmajāla Sūtra)
Here in the Indonesian 9th century Candi Mendut dedicated to them.
Vairocana is a major iconic figure in Mahayana, especially Vajrayana and other esoteric traditions. In the Mahayana’s Brahmajāla Sutta, Vairocana (one who comes from the sun) is seated on a lion's throne and emanated radiant light as he addresses an assembly of buddhas. His nature and role were explained more detail in the Mahāvairocana Tantra/Sūtra. According to the text, Vairocana is established as the universal Buddha from whom all buddhas emanate. He is a personification of the essence of the universe or dharmakaya and the illumination of wisdom. Vairocana is understood as the source of enlightenment who resides free from causes and conditions.
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A student told me recently that a group of people were discussing their favorite yoga teachers (as students are want to do ) and he told me that they decided that what made me so endearing (sweet) was that , from their perspective, I basically didn’t care if you liked or didn’t like me .
He also said it appears that I don’t give a F..&$&.
My first reaction was to laugh ... but then I realized actually I felt a bit shocked. Is that what people really think ? Also , that seems massively ‘unyogic’ .. so I sat with it for awhile, and realized , actually that’s exactly in keeping with my value system which is : Figure out my core values. Live and breathe them and then don’t give a F;&;$k about anything else.
My values are
2. Belief in self
3. Ultimate responsibility (anti victim )
4. Living with contradiction and paradox
That’s a lot of time spent giving To these things - so yeah, making people like me isn’t on the list .
I like people actually and feel naturally drawn to those with the same valuesl! I know we’re meant to love THY Neighbour (this is definitely not possible with my current Neighbour ) as they self .,, and develop a deep spiritual love for all beings everywhere and through my process of self love and self mastery I hope to one day get there , but for now I’m honestly too busy to worry about being liked.
I do However feel incredibly deeply about things (the important things ) I am more sensitive than I appear , and I have enormous amounts of empathy (but I have learnt to use it in appropriate situations - I think it’s called healthy boundaries ;) So , next time you’re in my class and I appear to not give a F... come say hi anyway , you may be pleasantly (or unpleasantly ) surprised 😂😂
Either way I’m fiercely dedicated to my work and want to see everyone becoming the master / MISTRESS of their own minds ... so that they too , can worry less about being liked or not liked .
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"인류의 눈물로 이루어진 거대한 슬픔의 바다인 대양의 쓰라린 물결들." " JOY UNTO YE, O MEN OF MYALBA, Myalba is our earth -- pertinently called "Hell," and the greatest of all Hells, by the esoteric school. The esoteric doctrine knows of no hell or place of punishment other than on a man-bearing planet or earth. Avitchi is a state and not a locality. "
나의 어릴적 꿈은 별 꼴, 별 일을 다 겪어도 동요하지 않는 마음을 갖는것이 나의 꿈이였다. 뺨맞아도 행복한 마음을 갖고, 배신당해도 기쁜 마음을 갖고, 짓밟혀도 웃을수 있는 마음을 갖는거.단단한 마음.ㅋㅋㅋ남편의 어릴적 꿈은 대통령이였다는데 나의 꿈은 어릴적부터 이상했다.
마음이 실생활에 끼치는 힘은 대단했다. 착하게 살자고 다짐해도 누군가 옆에서 나를 건들이거나 화나게 만들면 그 다짐은 산산조각 부셔져서 날뛰는 소처럼 흉폭해졌지. 원망하는 마음, 슬픈 마음. 날뛰는 마음.
이 마음이 문제라고 생각했다. 작심 3일의 마음, 마음 다스릴라고 온갖 수행을해도 항상 도로묵이야.
어릴적 나의 꿈은 지금도 현재진행형