Denialism is not the same as skepticism. Deep emotional investment and attachment to values, ideology, and/or identity are the three major obstacles to real critical thinking and scientific skepticism.
The Real Secret is
Religious But NOT Spiritual...
From what I’ve heard and sensed from the many people I know who self-identify as “spiritual but not religious” (including what seems like most, if not all, Western contemporary yoga practitioners) it seems to come down to one of the following three positions:
I am delighted to offer this from a dharma talk offered by one of my senior students in training to become a Zen Naturalist Dharma Teacher. Andre is based in Toronto, and runs, along with his wife, Catalina, Spirit Loft.
I don’t wish to sound all “Polly-annish” about life. It’s not “all good.” Shitty things happen and there may be times when gratitude is an incorrect response.
And with that acknowledgment, I will still stand by the assertion that sharing what we love with joy and appreciation is good medicine for the dis-ease of the self-contraction.
Walking Meditation Gatha:
The mind can go in a thousand directions.
But, on this beautiful path, I walk in peace.
With each step, a gentle wind blows.
With each step, a flower blooms.
Suffering and the End of Suffering
The title of today's post is a quote attributed to the Buddha who is said to have often repeated, "I teach only one thing: suffering and the end of suffering."
Some smarty-pants once said, "Isn't that two things?" But obviously, if you understand -- truly understand -- suffering, you understand its causes and thus its ending.
If I were writing my book, Mindfulness Yoga, at the current time, the biggest change would be in the definition and my description of "mindfulness" itself!
Poepsa Frank Jude Boccio is a yoga teacher and zen buddhist dharma teacher living in Tucson, AZ.