365 Ways to Strengthen Your Spirituality: Simple Ways to by Alexandra Chauran

By Alexandra Chauran

Remodel your existence in robust methods with the straightforward practices during this 365-day guidebook. Devoting quite a few moments on a daily basis for your spirit creates an enduring feel of pleasure, stability, and function on your existence.

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365 Ways to Strengthen Your Spirituality: Simple Ways to Connect with the Divine

Remodel your existence in robust methods with the easy practices during this 365-day guidebook. Devoting quite a few moments every day in your spirit creates a long-lasting feel of pleasure, stability, and goal on your lifestyles.

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Pat Padilla has provided rare secretarial service, typing and retyping the manuscript rapidly and impeccably, always with cheerful helpfulness and interest; her contribution is central. Lenore Friedman’s fine informal picture of Joko and her teachings, in Meetings with Remarkable Women: Buddhist Teachers in America (Boston and London: Shambhala, 1987) was helpful to me in writing the Preface. The vision of John Loudon at Harper & Row has ultimately made the book possible. With the help of his assistant, Kathryn Sweet, he has guided the book to completion.

It’s that kind of samadhi. Now that’s one kind, and it’s valuable. But what we have to do in Zen practice is much harder. We have to pay attention to this very moment, the totality of what is happening right now. And the reason we don’t want to pay attention is because it’s not always pleasant. It doesn’t suit us. As human beings we have a mind that can think. We remember what has been painful. We constantly dream about the future, about the nice things we’re going to have, or are going to happen to us.

That is all there is to it. There is no clinging to the anger, no mental spinning with it. I don’t mean that years of practice leave us like a zombie. Quite the opposite. We really have more genuine emotions, more feeling for people. We are not so caught up in our own inner states. STUDENT: Would you please comment on our daily work as part of our practice? JOKO: Work is the best part of Zen practice and training. No matter what the work is, it should be done with effort and total attention to what’s in front of our nose.

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