To stop your mind does not mean to stop the activities of your mind. It means your mind pervades your whole body. Your mind follows your breathing. With your whole mind you sit with painful legs without being disturbed by them. This is to sit without gaining any ideas. At first you feel some restriction in your posture, but when you are not disturbed by the restriction, you have foud the meaning of "emptiness is emptiness and form is form." So to find your own way under some restriction is the way of practice.
When you do something, just to do it should be your purpose. Form is form and you are you, and true emptiness will be realized in your practice.
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
Just a couple of posts this week. With the busy holiday season, I figure folks could use a nap and a bit of an energy boost. What do you think? Works for me. Although, to avoid the rush and hectic pace that everybody seems to be running on these days, I've actually done all my Christmas shopping last month and spent my weekdays in tai chi class. Until this past week, that is, when my 5-yeaer old nephew was out sick from school. Quite a feisty kid even when he's under the weather and unwittingly became my logistical and health challenge for the week. I'm sure some of you can relate.
So, I'm sending another dose of calming and relaxing energy floating quietly on the clouds to you. Whenever you are feeling rushed, overwhelmed, anxious or fearful of things to come, take a moment to close your eyes, take a deep breath and imagine that the only thing happening right now is the peaceful and calming energy that settles over you.
Take a catnap when you can, make time to fit it in your day. And to help you fall asleep easier, use lavender essential oil or Young Living's Peace & Calming blend.
When you are ready, send out whatever energy you use to everyone else in our share. Feel the energy boost flow with every breath you take, with every heartbeat, with every embrace we give for each other.
Thank You for all the good that you do and enjoy every moment of this next week. Live the passionate life you intend it to be.
Namaste (I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light and of Peace),
1. Lydia Smith-Lenardson, Moreno Valley, California, USA 2. Lynn Wilson, Manchester, England, UK 3. Judy Oliver, Silver Spring, MD, USA 4. Joan Anderson, Washington, District of Columbia, USA 5. Lena Goon, Alberta, Canada 6. Mari Hayama, Berkeley, California, USA 7. Veronica Hansen, Sarina, Queensland, Australia 8. Mirjam Kik, Tonge, The Netherlands 9. Andy Cooper, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China 10. Sheryl Morris, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 11. Andy Yantha, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 12. , Omaha, Nebraska, USA 13. Joseph Bennett, Ventura, California, USA 14. Steve and Karen Edwards, Gunnislake, Cornwall, England 15. Rev. Patricia Lusher, Berlin, Vermont, USA 16. Patricia Blundon, Pembroke,Ontario 17. Violet Moreau, Pembroke,Ontario 18. Brian Yeates, Dublin, Ireland 19. Dunni Olasehan, Lagos, Nigeria 20. Austin Ndego, Lagos, Nigeria 21. Gurjinder Strom, Miami, Florida, USA 22. Natasha Adair, Olney Springs, Colorado, USA 23. Amy Manuel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 24. Janet Kinge, Basingstoke, UK 25. Janet Henningsen, Indialantic, Florida, USA 26. Sister Mary Mebane, Santa Maria, California, USA 27. Denise Matthews, Nottinghamshire, UK 28. Meelah Rasheed, Columbia, South Carolina, USA 29. Chandra Madrona, Tacoma, WA, USA 30. Eve Hale, Hampshire, England, UK 31. Sandy Kolman, Belleville, Illinois, USA 32. Hilary Bisaillon, Yorktown, Virginia, USA 33. Heidi Fruhling, Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA 34. Maree Rogers, Hastings, Westernport Bay, Australia 35. Carol Gent, Lancashire, England, UK 36. Matthew Leonard, Lodi, New Jersey, USA 37. Moira Congreve, England, UK 38. Silvia Weisz, Melbourne, Australia 39. Grant Luckey, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA 40. Les Tenold, Sandy Springs, Georgia- Fulton, USA 41. Tiffany Wardle Croydon, Surrey, England, UK 42. Y.Nowshad, Kollam Kerala,India 43. Madhurima Bhatnagar, Fremont, California, USA