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Monday, 15 July 2013 18:26

Reclaiming our Identity

It’s tempting to believe in the social identity: the roles we perform, the personas we embody, at work, with friends, amongst family gatherings. Over the years we become so caught up perfecting these roles that we forget they’re fabrications, based on exaggerating our “winning” traits—our knowledge, sophistication, skills, achievements, etc—while concealing what believe be our weaknesses—inexperience, confusion, disappointments, loneliness and so on.

Published in Meditation Blog
Thursday, 05 January 2012 21:54

Six Ways To Reduce Stress

One of the most common reasons we turn to spiritual practice is to reduce worry, anxiety, the mental agitation that can be life's most consistent challenge. As the Buddha taught in the Sabbasava Sutta and elsewhere, while certain dangers in life are avoidable, most stressful events are inevitable, and our challenge is to learn how to skillfully tolerate each day's fresh "mosquito bite".

Actually, days without difficulties and challenges are often days without growth, for its the roadblocks and setbacks that force us to develop new, successful coping strategies. So a good start to reducing stress is to begin approaching challenges as valuable learning opportunities; once we find a way to adapt to situations without adding unnecessary stress, we have tools that are always at our disposal.

What follows are six useful approaches to facing our challenges without adding stress and suffering into the equation.

Published in Meditation Blog
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 18:15

Making the Mind a Peaceful Place

Most of us, by the time we reach adult life, develop ways of relating to the obsessive thoughts that visit us; those inner voices that relentlessly detail bleak tales about the future, mistakes made in the past, inventories of what's missing from life. The brain is set up to fret, and we all have to learn how to function in life without being dragged under by the it's constant jabbering. We're all after a little calm.

While we may understand that certain types of thoughts cause us a lot of stress, its less obvious that the mind's tendency to jump around, from one inner narrative to the next, plays a large part in our suffering. The mind doesn't generally roam in search of peace; the brain's subsystems that drive us tend to reward us for thinking about issues we believe effect our survival: from whether or not we'll ever find a lasting relationship, to attempting to predict our unknowable financial futures. Our thoughts promise us control and preparation; what they actually deliver is stress and suffering.

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Josh Korda deftly combines poignant cultural observations, challenges of following a spiritual path and quotes from the Buddha.

 

Published in Dharma Punx

I posted my interview with Josh Korda the teacher at Dharma Punx NYC a couple of weeks ago. You can find it by clicking here.

Below is the video I made of the talk Josh gave that night. I have titled the talk the Implications of Spiritual Practice and Relationships. Josh deftly combines poignant cultural observations, challenges of following a spiritual path and quotes from the Buddha. Plus he has a good sense of humor. Enjoy!

p.s. Keep an eye out because next week, Josh will make his debut as a whatmeditationreallyis.com blogger.

 

Published in Meditation Blog
Monday, 17 October 2011 12:28

Dharma Punx

Watch some interviews taken after a Dharma Punx guided sitting in NYC.

 

Published in Dharma Punx
Sunday, 16 October 2011 23:34

Interview: Josh Korda Dharma Punx NYC

Last week, I attended the regular Tuesday night sitting at Dharma Punx NYC. Led by Josh Korda, participants enjoy a 25-30 minute guided sitting followed by a Dharma talk and some Q&A.

Published in Meditation Blog