Heart

Journal

May 2
9, 2007 Walk

May 30, 2007 Meditate
May 31, 2007 Yoga
June 1,  2007  How can I Nurture my soul and practice spirituality everyday?
Outside #2
This morning I am sitting on my deck and it is absolutely gorgeous  but who should break my concentration but Lucky who is insisting I throw rocks for him to chase. He is a Jack Russell possessed. Last weekend I was embarrassed when he attempted to drop his rock into a dinner guests lap. He had hopped up on the wall right beside L and thank goodness the rock missed the chair but made a loud thump as it hit the deck underneath L's chair. Lucky's other two 100_0686
companions scold him on a regular basis. They are concerned that he will get them banished from any and all social gatherings. Which would be horrible because of all the fallen goodies they would miss.
I have been reading Jack Kornfield's  A path with Heart . It is the perfect book to help me incorporate all the for mentioned elements/desires I wished from last year to bring into my daily life. It is a wonderful book for anyone attempting a spiritual transformation or an opening of ones heart to the world.

In undertaking a spiritual life, we must make certain that our path is connected with our heart, according to author and Buddhist monk Jack Kornfield. Since 1974 (long before it gained popularity in the 1990s), Kornfield has been teaching westerners how to integrate Eastern teaching into their daily lives. Through generous storytelling and unmitigated warmth, Kornfield offers this excellent guidebook on living with attentiveness, meditation, and full-tilt compassion.

Part of what makes this book so accessible is Kornfield's use of everyday metaphors to describe the elusive lessons of spiritual transformation. For example, he opens with "the one seat" lesson taught to him by his esteemed teacher. Literally it means sitting in the center of a room and not being swayed or moved by all the people and dramas happening around you. On a spiritual level it means sticking "with one practice and teacher among all of the possibilities," writes Kornfield; "inwardly it means having the determination to stick with that practice through whatever difficulties and doubts arise until you have come to true clarity and understanding." The same could be said for this "one book." Among all the spiritual self-help books, this is a classic worth sticking with and returning to–a highly approachable teacher that can only lead to greater clarity and understanding.

–Gail Hudson

Lucky & rock
It is interesting to see which of these desires I am currently practicing . I am completely addicted to yoga and starting  tomorrow I am signing up for..GET FIT WITH YOGA – 7 DAY YOGA CHALLENGE JUNE 1-7 .
Yes I am walking and or jogging depending on the day and the pollen count. The one area I am having difficulty in is meditation. My goal for this summer is to develop a daily meditation practice.  I love Jack's description on Meditation… Meditation comes alive through a growing capacity to release our habitual entanglement in the stories and plans, conflicts and worries that make up the small sense of self, and to rest in awareness. In meditation we do this simply by acknowledging the moment-to-moment changing conditions—the pleasure and pain, the praise and blame, the litany of ideas and expectations that arise. Without identifying with them, we can rest in the awareness itself, beyond conditions, and experience what my teacher Ajahn Chah called jai pongsai, our natural lightness of heart. Developing this capacity to rest in awareness nourishes samadhi (concentration), which stabilizes and clarifies the mind, and prajna (wisdom), that sees things as they are.
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