Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Coffee Please

Drinking lots of coffee is good for you!! Drinking lots of coffee will kill you!!

I don't know.  No one seems to know.

Like most things, it's probably fine in moderation. But then again, what is a "moderate" amount?

I have come to the conclusion that, it doesn't really matter. Life is short, you might as well enjoy it.

That is my philosophy nowadays.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Why (Sometimes) It's Okay To Feel Pain

We think that by protecting ourselves from suffering (that) we are being kind to ourselves. The truth is: we only become more fearful, more hardened, and more alienated. We experience ourselves as separate from the whole. This separateness becomes like a prison for us -  a prison that restricts us from our from our personal hopes and fears, and to caring only for the people nearest to us.

Curiously enough, if we try to shield ourselves from discomfort - we suffer. Yet when we don't close off and let our hearts break, we discover our kinship with all beings. When we protect ourselves so we won't feel pain, that protection becomes like armor, like armor that imprisons the softness of the heart. We do everything we can think of not to feel anything threatening. We try to prolong feeling good about ourselves. Looking at color pictures in magazines of people having fun on the beach, many of us earnestly wish that life could be good.

When we breathe in pain, somehow it penetrates that armor. The way we guard ourselves is getting softened up. This heavy, rusty, creaking armor begins to seem not so monolithic after all. With the in-breath, the armor begins to fall apart, and we find we can breathe deeply and relax. We don't have to tense up as if our whole life were being spent in the dentist's chair. When we breathe out relief and spaciousness, we are also encouraging the armor to dissolve. The out-breath is a metaphor for opening our whole being. When something is precious, instead of holding it tightly, we can open our hands and share it. We can give it all away. We can share the wealth of this unfathomable human experience.

 - Chödrön, P. (2016). When things fall apart: Heart advice for difficult times.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Meditation Music

Find Your Inner Peace

Start your day right, or take a 15-minute break in the middle of your work day. Take a deep breath and relax. This music will help guide you soothe your body, your mind, and your spirit.