@julesactive 2 hours, 36 minutes ago
“Learn to pray without ceasing.” ~ Ezra Bayda
It seems that I have been writing forever. Almost more than
anything else i have ever done with my life, maybe except to
breathe.So I also equate the poetry of words strung on a page
as my breath. Some of the thoughts may have been angst filled
walking from an age…[Read more]
I liked the heart in smoke, but I missed seeing a Buddha – I do have a photograph of a crystal Buddha that was on display at a store…
For today: The same boat; November 21 tanka series
“Everything belongs, even the bad and dark parts of yourself.
Nothing need be rejected or denied.” ~ Richard Rohr
everything shapes us –
others choices and…[Read more]
Today I wrote on the quote as well as the photo in the daily email:
“The life of a person of Nembutsu is life in the joy of faith.”
~ Zuiken Inagaki
ripples like water
in the calm pond where lotus
bloom and their seeds fall freely
around the statue
of the…[Read more]
The cold wind outside embraces everything with a chill. Yet I am awake before dawn, the rest of my household sleeps. Yet I think of the warmth that internal recitation can bring. Just staying committed to a singular act or actions to connect with and perhaps bring long distant comforting to those who need an additional ‘hug’.
Yesterday I chanted in my head. I meant to make time… and did not. Did I miss something.
I do not light candles or have statues. But I did have a conversation with a living angel.
Sometimes we do not see ourselves as angels… but that is what happened yesterday – sometimes by just saying ‘thank you’ for something it also makes someone else…[Read more]
Autumn is introducing us to winter this month. There still are some flowing plants and the red berries of other plants too. Thank you for sharing the definition of souci.
I had been away for a bit, to a climate similar to my own. They had boxes of pansies. The various colors from blues and purples to the different yellows and oranges did make me…[Read more]
Only questions… no answers… yet.
Though I do believe there has been some ‘strength training’ 🙂
We have made it home safely. But my own routines will still be different with the holiday week in the States. And then also with the second half of December. But I will attempt to find quiet time for myself when I can.
“Among all living things mountains and rivers, grasses and trees,
even the sounds of blowing…[Read more]
Tomorrow is a travel day, I shall attend to my practice late in the day instead of the morning.
However this day started blissfully…Perhaps it is just in the knowing that I will be returning home soon.
here is my daily verse on the quote:
Unwavering strength; November 15 renga
When one travels I think out of sorts can be normal. I may end up missing a day of solo chanting when I have to travel home. Travel seems to take up the whole day. But I can still chant in my head. But for now I have quiet alone time in the morning.
While chanting with you – the recording sirens of perhaps police, fire or and ambulance ran trough…[Read more]
This morning being a tad under the weather I only did five minutes. But I did the same visualization. I hope to go a second round with the longer version later.
I am just starting this journey and do not know the ‘prostrations’ – continued success with your experience 🙂
Jules replied to the topic From Mindfulness to Heartfulness 3 ~ Wonderful Awe in the forum Dharmavidya’s Teachings 1 week, 3 days ago
I have enjoyed reading the three articles (so far) on mindfulness and mind fullness.
Thank you, Jules
Being in a small town where most things are closed…
Perhaps, it will be a quiet day.
I have already been on a morning walk – at least it is warmer today.
My daily post on the quote for today is here:
Inexhaustible love November 12, renga
I tried the longer chant this morning. To prevent distraction of thoughts I imagined life force rising up through my body staring with my toes up to the top of my head.
“Effort is necessary in spiritual practice; strain is not.” ~ Ezra Bayda
life requires breadth;
depth of thought and…[Read more]
I really enjoy chanting with the five minute link. Hearing those other voices with my own helps to make me feel connected. Though I do find myself chanting in my head from time to time – especially when I have to wait for something that is out of my control.
As you continue to practice you might want to experiment with saying ‘Namo Amida Bu’ at other times of the day – when you make a mistake, or when you feel grateful for something. This is a reminder of Amida’s presence and it plugs you back into wholesome energy.”
I actually, earlier this week when I was having trouble falling asleep…[Read more]
I was able to chant this morning. The time seems almost too short. I may extend it to ten minutes tomorrow. I am settled where I am for a few days (Good morning all it is 7:30 am my time).
What happens when people open their hearts?”…
“They get better.
~ Haruki Murakami
Many years ago I…[Read more]
I was mostly on the road today. Our plans seemed to always be changing – hopefully I am settled for a few days before heading back east. And early rise prevented verbal chant. And traveling in a car for about 6 hours most of it during rain was not a good time for silent practice of any kind.
I am glad that I read some where that if you miss a…[Read more]
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