How to Love:
NOURISHING YOUR DEEPEST DESIRE
The third nutriment is volition. This is your desire, your hope, your aspiration. It’s the energy that keeps you alive. You want to be someone. You want to do something with your life. If you’re motivated by compassion and love, your volition will give you the energy and direction to grow and become even more loving and compassionate.Hhowever, if your desire is to possess or to win at all costs, this kind of volition is toxic and will not help your love to grow. You can practice developing a strong and positive volition. You can even put your commitment in words,such as: “I vow to develop understanding and compassion in me, so I can become an instrument of peace and love, to help society and the world.” This kind of intention is based in our deepest aspiration.
My takeaway: I think this is my favorite page of the book! (so far)
How to Sit:
WE ARE A STREAM
Even when you think you are sitting alone, your ancestors are sitting with you. Your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, whether you knew them or not, are there inside of you. Acknowledge them and invite them to breathe with you: “Dear Father, these are my lungs, and they’re also your lungs. I know that you are in every cell in my body.” Breathing in, you can say, “Mother, I invite you to breathe in and out with me.” In every cell of your body, your ancestors are there. You can invite all your ancestors to enjoy breathing in and out with you. You are not an isolated being. You are made of ancestors. When you breathe out calmly, all your ancestors in you breathe out calmly. When they were alive, they might not have had a chance to sit mindfully and breathe peacefully. But now, in you, they have that chance. There is no separate self. Ww are a current. We are a stream. WE are a continuation.
My takeaway: Good. I think i get it now.
How to Eat:
If we are hungry, a little snack can be very satisfying. But often we develop a habit of eating a snack whenever we feel loneliness or anxiety A mindful breath is a good way for your body to “snack” on some mindfulness and recognize and embrace strong feelings that may be there. After a mindful breath, you may have less desire to go and fill up with a snack to distract yourself. your body is nourished by your breath.
My takeaway! Wow! Yes! Wow! Great idea – I’ve never tried it. Will now!
How to Walk:
Every morning when I wake up and get dressed, I leave my hut and take a walk. Usually the sky is still dark and I walk gently, aware of nature all around me and the fading stars. When I think of the Earth and my ability to walk on it, I think, “I’m going to go out into nature, enjoying everything beautiful, enjoying all its wonders.” My heart is filled with joy.
My takeaway: How beautiful, how beautiful, how beautiful!
How to Relax:
DON’T BE TOO BUSY
As you go about your daily activities, do you feel you’re lacking something? As you wash the dishes, cook a meal, clean the kitchen, while you walk, stand, sit, or lie down, what are you looking for? There’s no business for you to take care of. You’re free; there’s nothing to do or to run after. Perhaps you’re seeking something, calculating, or feeling agitated. your feet and hands may always think they have to be doing something. When you do sitting or walking meditation, don’t put too much effort into it. You’re not trying to attain something. Meditation shouldn’t be hard labor. The principle is to be ordinary, not to be too busy. We just live in a normal way. When we eat, we just eat; we don’t speak. If we need to urinate, we urinate. If we’re tired, then we can rest.
My takeaway: Love love love this! “Meditation shouldn’t be hard labor.” Be ordinary. ***Not lacking something!!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤