Yoga Teacher, Amateur Cyclist, and Clergy
Today I find myself struggling with understanding the idea of how we are in fact being selfless and not identifying with the ego if we base our actions on hopes of "good karma" bringing us to a happier existence in the next life or even in this life... it seems that if you act with compassion only to further your own agenda, is that not still selfishness to some degree? Are there any Buddhist teachings that touch on this? Thank you for your thoughts.
To the person asking about meditation before or after exercise: I've always found it helpful to stretch before exercise to loosen everything, stretch after to decrease soreness then at the end of the day before I wish to go to bed I meditate because I'll be more likely to be able to focus when my body is tired and I want to go to sleep. I picture scrubbing a floor as my symbol for clearing my mind :) hope this helps anyone!
I desperately want to start juicing, but I'm a college student with little to no income. Is there a way to juice on a budget?
Hello there! :) I've recently discovered Tumblr and your blog here - it's brilliant, you help people a lot. I feel glad for witnessing such generosity. I have also been living through body, mind and spirit for eighteen years of my life. As much as I can say, it is a real spectacle, of course. Since I'm approaching to the crossroad of my life, it would be very nice, I think, if you could share your perspectives on concentration and discipline. I truly need it. Thank you.
I have become very skilled at being able to forgive and not hold hostility in my heart. However, do you have any advice on how to avoid regressing back to a person? My kindness is my greatest strength and also my greatest weakness. I'm not sure where I should draw a line, or if a line should be drawn at all.
blackwhitecupcake said:: what about all the psychological aspects that take part in the formation of “self”.Your answer made me realize that the way we experience reality depends on our past experiences, how we were brought up and the image we have of ourselves.
Lyndon:: Our past definitely shapes our experience of reality, but the idea of past is just another mental formation. It doesn't exist outside of the storehouse of our memory anymore than the future. So we don't have to be held hostage to it or bound by it. We can choose differently any time. We don't have to keep replaying the same old footage, reliving the same tired old dramas. We can see them for what they are, let go, and move on. There is only the present moment, as we perceive it.
Hey! Love your blog (: I understand you're a Christian, have you got any tips for Christian teenagers trying to keep up their relationship with God and faith? I'm kinda struggling with this at the moment, especially as Christianity is becoming increasingly rare, noticeably in young people. Thanks!