Saturday, April 28, 2012

'Beginner's Mind' is Not Just for Beginners

In Zen Buddhism, the notion of 'beginner's mind' - a state of receptivity - has been written about extensively.

I was wondering if there was a similar teaching in the Christian tradition, and ran across this astounding statement by Jesus:

"When, therefore, a teacher of the law has become a learner in the kingdom of Heaven, he is like a householder who can produce from his store both the new and the old." (Matthew 13:52)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Reflections On Back Pain!

I managed to *wrench* my back this week -

Seems like I do this every year or two as a nice reminder of how intimately connected our bodies and minds really are!

I must say, pain has a very *focusing* and *centering* quality to it...
Fr. Thomas Keating says that when we are in great pain - or in deep emotional distress - sometimes it helps to *sink into the feeling like we were getting into a hot tub.*

The idea is that some types of suffering cannot really be *overcome* - they must simply be accepted, and that true humility is accepting reality as it is.
By giving ourselves *permission* to feel the pain, it may be possible to release at least a part of it.

We'll see!