Comments for Wildmind https://www.wildmind.org Learn Meditation Online Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:35:07 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Whatever is difficult within you, offer it love by Marie https://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/love-whatever-is-difficult-within-you#comment-1083743 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:35:07 +0000 https://www.wildmind.org/?p=40308#comment-1083743 Regarding not believing the thoughts generated by our mind, a helpful friend of mine suggested to me “treat your mind as if it’s a child having a nightmare about a monster under the bed. You would be kind and soothing. You wouldn’t be abrupt and tell the child it was silly. You would explain that it isn’t real. It was just a bad dream and that the child was safe. Treat yourself and your mind with the same kindness and love”. I found this helpful as I am a harsh self-critic often using unkind words to myself that I would never say to others. Hopefully this might help someone else. Shanti x

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Comment on Innate purity versus original sin (Day 69) by Bodhipaksa https://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/innate-purity-versus-original-sin#comment-1083345 Fri, 13 Jul 2018 02:29:27 +0000 https://www.wildmind.org/?p=24944#comment-1083345 Well, the past and present aren’t separate things. Living now means looking very closely at and dealing with whatever is arising. If we look at our current suffering and the suffering we cause others we’ll find that a lot of it goes back to old patterns of conditioning. So living now means dealing with the past as it manifests in the present. And I think we need to keep doing that for as long as we need to. In some cases it may be a lifelong project. In others we may outgrow old ways of being.

If we don’t understand these old patterns and how they’re manifesting in the present it seems inevitable that we’ll keep acting them out indefinitely, continuing to cause suffering to ourselves and others and always finding a way to shift the blame to luck, or others, or something intangible that we suspect must be wrong with us.

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Comment on Stage 1 – Cultivating metta toward yourself by Viktor https://www.wildmind.org/metta/one#comment-1083317 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:16:20 +0000 https://test.wildmind.org/metta/one/#comment-1083317 Thanks!

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Comment on Innate purity versus original sin (Day 69) by Oliver https://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/innate-purity-versus-original-sin#comment-1083285 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:35:39 +0000 https://www.wildmind.org/?p=24944#comment-1083285 Ok, how long should we spend confronting our past conditioning and our messy emotional stuff versus letting it go and living now?

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Comment on Innate purity versus original sin (Day 69) by Bodhipaksa https://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/innate-purity-versus-original-sin#comment-1083284 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:23:41 +0000 https://www.wildmind.org/?p=24944#comment-1083284 Actually, I know very well that spirituality can be used as a way of avoiding confronting one’s messy emotional stuff. The most extreme examples involve spiritual teachers finding ways to rationalize their sexual abuse of students, but there are much more subtle forms of bypassing as well. I think most, if not all, practitioners do some form of bypassing.

Also, I’ve found more and more that its vital to understand how our past conditioning shapes who we are today. This isn’t about being “stuck in the past,” but about recognizing that the past is still with us.

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Comment on Innate purity versus original sin (Day 69) by Oliver https://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/innate-purity-versus-original-sin#comment-1083183 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:55:56 +0000 https://www.wildmind.org/?p=24944#comment-1083183 Do you think the term “spiritual bypassing”, which has become widely used, is an example of this original sin/you’re-really-repressing notion? It’s claimed by some psychologists that meditation and spirituality can be a way of avoiding and repressing. I wonder though if the greater danger is to continue being stuck in the past, never really “resolving” traumas but letting them ruin our happiness now. Maybe it is better to the past go and bask in our original goodness :-)

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Comment on You are the universe become conscious of itself by Chris Molnar https://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/we-are-the-universe-become-conscious-of-itself#comment-1083082 Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:50:02 +0000 https://www.wildmind.org/?p=40360#comment-1083082 Lovely contemplation about interconnection – thank you.

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Comment on Dealing with resistance to meditation by Bodhipaksa https://www.wildmind.org/applied/daily-life/dealing-with-resistance#comment-1082927 Mon, 09 Jul 2018 01:17:27 +0000 https://www.wildmind.org/?page_id=2608#comment-1082927 Hi, Marie.

Anger never arises for no reason. If you look at your experience you’ll find that there are uncomfortable feelings that arise before the anger and that trigger it. If you’re able to observe those feelings mindfully and with compassion then the anger will no longer arise. This takes time and practice, but it’s worth doing.

All the best,
Bodhipaksa

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Comment on Dealing with resistance to meditation by Marie James https://www.wildmind.org/applied/daily-life/dealing-with-resistance#comment-1082850 Sat, 07 Jul 2018 20:43:46 +0000 https://www.wildmind.org/?page_id=2608#comment-1082850 I’ve had a lot of these feelings too but the worst one is how angry I feel when I’m meditating; anger without cause. Firstly I get impatient that I’m itching or can’t get comfortable. Then I start to think it’s a waste of time. Then I just get really angry. I believe it’s the “perceived powerlessness” of letting go. I stay on the cushion but sometimes I virtually explode. Who will I be if I do this? Tricky blighter that ego fella.

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Comment on Manjushri mantra by Bharat https://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/manjushri#comment-1082558 Wed, 04 Jul 2018 18:29:35 +0000 https://test.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/manjushri/#comment-1082558 Thanks for sharing this mantra. This mantra is used along with a traditional Tibetan medicine Lhophel Dhutse (for either enhancing or even repairing impaired concentration and intelligence). When I searched for the Manjushri Mantra, your page was among the first links in Google and your chanting is very helpful in understanding the way to say it.

I noticed that in the chanting of this mantra, the Dhiihi was sounding more like Dhihi… The Dhii should be pronounced longer as far as I could understand.

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