Category Archives: letting go

Working with Chaos

Edited excerpt from Lions Roar post “Three methods for Working with Chaos” by Pema Chodron.  When we feel squeezed, there’s a tendency for mind to become small. We feel miserable, like a victim, like a pathetic, hopeless case. Yet believe … Continue reading

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Seven Ways to Practice

Edited excerpt from “Breathe, You are Alive!” by Thich Nhat Hanh Here are seven different ways to focus on putting the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing into practice: • Following the Breath in Daily Life • Awareness of … Continue reading

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Transforming Feelings

Excerpt from “How to Deal with Negative Emotions in 5 Mindful Steps” by Gavril Nikolaev Step #1 Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us that the first step in dealing with negative emotions is to recognize them. Anticipate the tide by observing … Continue reading

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Poetics of Compost

Excerpt from “The Poetics of Compost” by Redwood Reider Compost is the most magic alchemy I know: huge piles of the stuff no one wants, transmuting into divine elixir that nourishes life. It feels like a hopeful metaphor for all … Continue reading

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The 16 Steps to Mindfulness of Breath

Excerpt from “The Key to Happiness“ The 16 methods of inhaling and exhaling, in combination with the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, are the essence of the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing. Everything that exists can be places into … Continue reading

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No-Coming, No-Going

Contemplation on No-Coming and No-Going by Thich Nhat Hanh This body is not me. I am not limited by this body, I am life without boundaries. I have never been born, and I have never died. Look at the ocean … Continue reading

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Why the Buddha Kept Meditating

Excerpt from “No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering” by Thich Nhat Hanh. When I was a young monk, I wondered why the Buddha kept practicing mindfulness and meditation even after he had already become a Buddha. Now I … Continue reading

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Generosity is Letting Go

Excerpt from OnBeing blog post: THE REAL POWER OF GENEROSITY by Sharon Salzberg When we think about generosity, most of us probably don’t think immediately of a powerful force, an inner resource, a real tool for changing how we relate to … Continue reading

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Let It Go

In Blackwater Woods by Mary Oliver Look, the trees are turning their own bodies into pillars of light, are giving off the rich fragrance of cinnamon and fulfillment, the long tapers of cattails are bursting and floating away over the … Continue reading

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Buddhism in a Nutshell

From Thich Nhat Hanh’s 4 Brahma Vihara posted on “Buddhism in a Nutshell“ Thich Nhat Hanh’s 4 Brahma Vihara LOVE (Sanskrit: MAITRI; Pali: METTA) The first aspect of true love is maitri, the intention and capacity to offer joy and … Continue reading

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